To balance the "RIP" thread, I thought it would be good to have a "happy birthday" one.

So, let me say Happy Birthday to Larry Bird. I had the good fortune of being at Indiana State when he was playing. Amazing. One of the greatest ever.
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Yep. From back when they still made real movies instead of just blue screen slo mo special effects all spliced together.

I don't think he was ever in a movie where he ran out of a building in slow motion just before the whole building blew up behind him. Whew!

And while some of his stuff was kind of corny (Lust for Life), and some was over the top hilarious (Spartacus), he still did a fine job more often than not and even made some great films (Paths of Glory).

If he was in it I'd still watch it. He's really the last of a breed.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
One of my favorites is Lonely are the Brave.

If there was a movie with Kirk and Burt Lancaster in it, my religion required me to watch it.


There are:
I Walk Alone 1948
Gunfight at the OK Corral 1957
The Devil's Disciple 1958
Seven Days in May 1964
Victory at Entebbe 1976
Tough Guys 1986
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by haggis:
Brad Pitt (not sure how "happy" it is!)

I'd be happy to be away from that unattractive weirdo he was married to. Never got the appeal many had for her looks.

Agree with you - don't see it.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Al Kaline

What a great player! Never played in the minors. I was at a game at Yankee Stadium that the Tigers won. On the last play of the game, Kaline ran in, dove, and got the ball flipping over and breaking his collarbone. He layt on the field until they brought out a stretcher to carry him off. All the fans (This was in Yankee Stadium) stayed and stood until they carried him off and applauded.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Beat me to it on Koufax.

Add in Tiger Woods and LeBron James and you have a trio of all time greats in their sport.


....and of course Tbird if drinking counts as a sport


I miss Tbird and wish he'd return...... Frown
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Beat me to it on Koufax.

Add in Tiger Woods and LeBron James and you have a trio of all time greats in their sport.


....and of course Tbird if drinking counts as a sport


I miss Tbird and wish he'd return...... Frown


Me too! We had some tailgates at Yankee Stadium and dinners together. Wish he'd come back.
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
W+A -
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.


Musee d'Orsay. Cool

Obviously subjective Smile but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.

Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
W+A -
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.


Musee d'Orsay. Cool

Obviously subjective Smile but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.

Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.



I'm certainly no authority on fine art-- or much of anything else-- but last fall I attended a Manet exhibit at the Pompidou in Paris, and as well went to L'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies again.

I think Manet revolutionized the art world through content; I was thoroughly engaged by his wit and remarkable innovation. I think Monet revolutionized the art world through style; I was in awe of the presence, and almost majesty, of the Water Lilies cycle.

I wouldn't presume to rate one of these great artists over the other, but if I had the means to put one their paintings in my home, it would be from Manet, as I expect w+a would do. My wife, who I believe is more sensitive to art than I, would do the opposite.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
W+A -
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.


Musee d'Orsay. Cool

Obviously subjective Smile but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.

Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.



I'm certainly no authority on fine art-- or much of anything else-- but last fall I attended a Manet exhibit at the Pompidou in Paris, and as well went to L'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies again.

I think Manet revolutionized the art world through content; I was thoroughly engaged by his wit and remarkable innovation. I think Monet revolutionized the art world through style; I was in awe of the presence, and almost majesty, of the Water Lilies cycle.

I wouldn't presume to rate one of these great artists over the other, but if I had the means to put one their paintings in my home, it would be from Manet, as I expect w+a would do. My wife, who I believe is more sensitive to art than I, would do the opposite.


This may be the only time I disagree with S. Big Grin
Yes, Olympia. . In my eyes, obviously modeled after Titian's Venus of Urbino, but both trumped by Goya's clothed Maja, of which its been said is more sensual than his naked Maja. While I am a big fan of Olympia, (and don't forget another of his masterpieces, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere), upon closer inspection in person, he seemed, to me anyway, to struggle with the execution of her left hand. It's a bit overdone, compared with the softness (!) of the immediate surroundings.

Of Olympia, interesting to retrospect...my wife noticed I loved the painting, so she bought me a note pad of it. At that time, I worked with this black gal...she was super mellow, and we got along great. She saw the note pad and commented, to the effect of, a dislike of it, due to the racial undertones. I was totally oblivious up to that point, and from that day forward, I saw the painting in a different light.
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Originally posted by Jabe11:
Yes, Olympia. . In my eyes, obviously modeled after Titian's Venus of Urbino, but both trumped by Goya's clothed Maja, of which its been said is more sensual than his naked Maja. While I am a big fan of Olympia, (and don't forget another of his masterpieces, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere), upon closer inspection in person, he seemed, to me anyway, to struggle with the execution of her left hand. It's a bit overdone, compared with the softness (!) of the immediate surroundings.

Of Olympia, interesting to retrospect...my wife noticed I loved the painting, so she bought me a note pad of it. At that time, I worked with this black gal...she was super mellow, and we got along great. She saw the note pad and commented, to the effect of, a dislike of it, due to the racial undertones. I was totally oblivious up to that point, and from that day forward, I saw the painting in a different light.


The left hand was purposely Overdone as it represents her vigina.
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is so tough he doesn't do push ups, he does earth downs.



A few years back there were quite a few Chuck Norris jokes in one of the threads here. They were pretty funny, but the one that really made me laugh for a long time was, Chuck Norris was born in a cabin that he built himself. It still cracks me up. (And big thanks due to whoever posted it originally!)
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Originally posted by bomba503:
Happy birthday FLW! You share it with my sister and a good friend


Thanks Off to Spotos tonight. Mary bought me three Scotches, Glenlivet 12 year. 15 & 18 year. Will be on single malt for a while.

Ever get the perfume out of your shirt? Big Grin
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by haggis:
Happy 70th to BILLY CRYSTAL

700 Sundays is still one of the best shows I've ever seen. He's a classic!


+1 One of my all-time favourite comics, and IMO best Oscars host since Bob Hope.

I read his autobiography-- perhaps it's better to call it his memoirs-- entitled Still Foolin' 'Em, which was a really good read. He's got some great anecdotes about famous people with whom he's rubbed shoulders over the years. Especially memorable were his reminiscences of Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle, among other great athletes.

He's had a pretty interesting life, and is surprisingly modest about all of his success!
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Originally posted by VinT:
To round out the Toronto twofer, happy birthday to another frequent contributor from these parts, sunnylea57.

Happy Birthday to both! Anticipating the What Are You Drinking post! Hope to share a glass with you in the future.
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Originally posted by haggis:

Happy 67th to Stevie Wonder


+1

I first saw him in a free concert venue at the Pacific National Exhibition here in Vancouver in 1962. The marquee called him Little Steven Wonder. We thought he wasn't really blind because he came so close to the edge of the stage without falling off, so we figured he had to be able to see and his blindness was just some kind of bizarre marketing scam.

We were wrong about his vision, but we were sure right about his ability to belt out some R&B. He had the kind of talent that made everyone in hearing range smile and bob to the beat. And he was already very, very cool. Smile
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by haggis:

Happy 67th to Stevie Wonder


+1

I first saw him in a free concert venue at the Pacific National Exhibition here in Vancouver in 1962. The marquee called him Little Steven Wonder. We thought he wasn't really blind because he came so close to the edge of the stage without falling off, so we figured he had to be able to see and his blindness was just some kind of bizarre marketing scam.

We were wrong about his vision, but we were sure right about his ability to belt out some R&B. He had the kind of talent that made everyone in hearing range smile and bob to the beat. And he was already very, very cool. Smile


+2

My dad took me to see Little Stevie Wonder when I was four or five. First show I remember attending. He's always been a favorite of mine also
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
And today is my turn Cool


Happy 29th birthday! What are drinking to celebrate?

Same question for haggis, albeit a day late!


bman: I popped a nice Champagne, but will open something really nice over the weekend.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
And today is my turn Cool


Happy 29th birthday! What are drinking to celebrate?

Same question for haggis, albeit a day late!


Ha - you are the second person to tell me that.

We had:

2011 Ferghetina Franciacerta Milledi Brut
2010 Delectus Argentum
2006 Match Baconbrook
2011 Virginie de Valandraud St. Emilion Grand Cru
2014 Oreno
2012 Stefania Harvest Moon Cab

The Oreno and Valandraud were from Miami Atty - FKG made a crazy meal -

Chicken and Onion Empanadas
Lamb Meatballs - with cucumber salad and/or caponata
Rib Roast
Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Garlic
Asparagus (I think - not that I had any)
Individual chocolate dessert with raspberry sauce
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
And today is my turn Cool


Happy 29th birthday! What are drinking to celebrate?

Same question for haggis, albeit a day late!


Ha - you are the second person to tell me that.

We had:

2011 Ferghetina Franciacerta Milledi Brut
2010 Delectus Argentum
2006 Match Baconbrook
2011 Virginie de Valandraud St. Emilion Grand Cru
2014 Oreno
2012 Stefania Harvest Moon Cab

The Oreno and Valandraud were from Miami Atty - FKG made a crazy meal -

Chicken and Onion Empanadas
Lamb Meatballs - with cucumber salad and/or caponata
Rib Roast
Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Garlic
Asparagus (I think - not that I had any)
Individual chocolate dessert with raspberry sauce


Impressive list of food and wine! Rib roast is probably my favourite meal.

First time I had the Match Baconbrook was at at one of the first CDPs, perhaps the one we attended together? Second time was at the famous gas station wine store and restaurant with jorgerunfast and his brother. Haven't had or even seen it since!

And haggis, we will expect a similar accounting of your upcoming Bacchanalian weekend once you've recovered from it!!
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Originally posted by bman:
[snip]

And haggis, we will expect a similar accounting of your upcoming Bacchanalian weekend once you've recovered from it!!


Maybe we'll go to that restaurant we visited with you and Mrs. bman and finish 6 bottles between the two of us Smile
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
We had:

2011 Ferghetina Franciacerta Milledi Brut
2010 Delectus Argentum
2006 Match Baconbrook
2011 Virginie de Valandraud St. Emilion Grand Cru
2014 Oreno
2012 Stefania Harvest Moon Cab

The Oreno and Valandraud were from Miami Atty - FKG made a crazy meal -


I hope you got a trip to the dentist as a birthday present because based on previous experience with Oreno you're going to need new enamel after drinking such a young bottle. Wink
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
We had:

2011 Ferghetina Franciacerta Milledi Brut
2010 Delectus Argentum
2006 Match Baconbrook
2011 Virginie de Valandraud St. Emilion Grand Cru
2014 Oreno
2012 Stefania Harvest Moon Cab

The Oreno and Valandraud were from Miami Atty - FKG made a crazy meal -


I hope you got a trip to the dentist as a birthday present because based on previous experience with Oreno you're going to need new enamel after drinking such a young bottle. Wink


Well Board-O moved there just in time.
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Originally posted by haggis:
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Originally posted by bman:
[snip]

And haggis, we will expect a similar accounting of your upcoming Bacchanalian weekend once you've recovered from it!!


Maybe we'll go to that restaurant we visited with you and Mrs. bman and finish 6 bottles between the two of us Smile


Big Grin

Great choice, we liked it a lot. However many bottles you drink, we wanna know what they are!
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
We had:

2011 Ferghetina Franciacerta Milledi Brut
2010 Delectus Argentum
2006 Match Baconbrook
2011 Virginie de Valandraud St. Emilion Grand Cru
2014 Oreno
2012 Stefania Harvest Moon Cab

The Oreno and Valandraud were from Miami Atty - FKG made a crazy meal -


I hope you got a trip to the dentist as a birthday present because based on previous experience with Oreno you're going to need new enamel after drinking such a young bottle. Wink


Was fine after a big decant
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by haggis:
I suppose it might give some hint as to my vintage, but Happy Birthday to one of the great tennis players of my generation: John Newcombe


+1


+2 I'll join the geezer brigade! Used to love watching Newcombe and Rod Laver go at it.

PH

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