Thursday, September 02, 2004

the victory of de feet

Lizzi got my RAOK and it has prompted her to begin her very first pair of socks! Oh, to spread the madness of sock knitting around the world. First you think you're just going to try a pair of socks, and the next thing you know, you're buying souvenir sock yarn just like The Harlot on vacation. Lisa got my RAOK and so did Pam. This was fun! I think I'll wait a couple of weeks and send out some more. Weee!

I finished the index finger on my fingerless Koigu gloves last night while watching Million Dollar Mermaid (Thanks, Janice, for telling me about the Esther Williams marathon on TCM!). I didn't quite finish but it was one of the more watchable films in the Victor Mature oeuvre. Does anybody actually like him? What is up with his facial expressions?

One of my employees just came back from Virginia and brought me a brochure about William Haines. The title is "From Films to Furniture: The Extraordinary Careers of Staunton's Own William Haines." The whole thing is a biography of Haines' life, including his great-grandparents' lives and their histories in Virginia, and who Haines knew in Virginia. What's funny is how the name-dropping is written; for example, William Randolph Hearst is not mentioned is a newspaper magnate, but as someone "who was proud of his relationship to the Randolph family of Virginia." Nancy Reagan is only mentioned as someone "whose mother was from Petersburg." Joseph Cotton "was originally from Petersburg." I guess I wouldn't assume that any of today's readers of this brochure would automatically know who these people were. The thing is filled with grammatical errors and typos, too.

More amusingly, among the "great sites" related to William Haines are the Staunton City Courthouse, where "Billy" performed in a production of "The Mikado" (sic), and Stonewall Jackson School, his elementary school. Wow, such a list of historical sites! Staunton will surely be on my short list of vacation hot spots!


Blogger Janice in GA said...

I want you to know I thought of you all day that the Esther Williams movies were on! Glad you were able to capture some to watch.
Are you familiar with author Eve Golden ( She's written books on Jean Harlow, Theda Bara, and some other early film folks. I haven't read the books myself. I know Eve as a poster on the Straight Dope Message Board, where she DOES write very entertainingly.

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Blogger Tess said...

Hi I found your site through the RAOK link. Sorry to hear that your experiance with silk garden didn't go well. I for one love the yarn through its imperfections.

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Blogger Lauren said...

You are the queen of RAOKs! :) How nice of you! So, as another knitting librarian (soon-to-be at least) where did you go to school, etc. Feel free to email me,

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