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Green Kitty Kats and Tonto...

1] Stopping in our city's World Market [an import store], I was looking for new Easter Egg Cups [ya, I know it's early...but early is the time to find the new ones for the year - before they're picked over. And since Hobby Lobby has put them out on their shelves, I thought I'd go into World Market.] Well, they didn't have anything pertaining to Easter yet...that's okay. What they did have stocked on the shelves was  Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day items. I spied their imported German Reisling Wine Bottles that are in the shape of cats! You know me and cats. Gotta love 'em. I picked up a GREEN cat for March. As I purchased that one, the cashier told me they had put out the red glass cat wine bottle for Valentine's just that week. One bottle is enough. But if the wine is good...for the price...I'll probably go back and purchase the red cat. When they're empty, they'll make cute decor for the holidays.

2] Staying indoors lately 'cause of the nasty cold outdoors, Bud and I purchased two DVDs to watch. The Lone Ranger and Captain Phillips - Respectively, I liked 'em both. The cute story of the Lone Ranger - movie critics practically condemned this flick...for reasons I can't understand...of course it helps to have grown up in the "Lone Ranger" era I imagine. To me it's a combination of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Little Big Man, and of course TV's Lone Ranger. Then the grueling, sit on the edge of your seat Captain Phillips which is so intense after about the first 20 minutes until the end. Captain Phillips is played by Tom Hanks. Both the movie and Mr. Hanks are nominated for Academy awards [movie and leading actor]...and may I add, the United States Navy is depicted here in a good, protective, style. The government may be in need of an overhaul in this country, but the Navy Seals are tops. We ended up watching both a 2nd time this week.
[photo courtesy of Google Image Search]

3] If you haven't read/heard the news of Shirley Temple's death, consider yourself informed now. I was in total surprise. Seriously, I thought she had died long ago. She was 85. Which instigated my searching to see if the male child star from way long ago, Mickey Rooney, was still alive. He is, age...93.

[4] Speaking of movies and movie stars, I read from cover to cover the recently released TV Guide Magazine on the 75 years of Gone With the Wind. Did you know that Vivien Leigh's pay was $25K? And, Scarlet was nearly in every scene...she even had to get up and make-up done at 2 a.m. to do the "As God as my witness, I'll never go hungry again" at sunrise. So, once again, I did some calculating and out to Google I went. Today's wage, comparing to 1939, is equivalent to ---get this: a little over $410K. Seeing the exorbitant pay some leading actors/actresses get in today's time...even in comparison, Ms. Leigh was way underpaid!! By a great margin! By the way, some real life romance for Valentine's Day, another little tidbit from the magazine--Laurence Olivier proposed to her, and she said 'yes' to his marriage proposal on the plane from Europe to America before beginning the making of the movie. For us GWTW movie buffs, there is a lot of unknown information in this publication.
[photo courtesy of Movie Classics]

[5] My last random fragments this week is a bit of Texan Humor. Ready?
[with no copyright infringement intended]



[bonus tidbit] Lo and behold...yesterday, for the first time in weeks the cloud cover broke loose and moved out over our area!!! WE HAD SUNSHINE for the better part of the day. Bud and I drove to Indian Point in Portland, then went into Ingleside along the bay and Aransas Pass...took the ferry over the ship channel into Port Aransas, had lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Port "A" and of course stopped at our favorite birding areas. Sun!!!! Looks like today may be more sunshine too. I'm so ready for it. It can be cold if the weather so chooses, but bring on more blue skies and sunshine!!!!


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  1. Lucky you, I would love the sunshine right now.. We are having snow. I love Riesling, YUM! I wish we had a World Market close to us, the only I know is in Virginia. :( Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

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    1. ...and Happy Valentine's Day to you too Eileen.

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  2. Sunshine sounds wonderful!
    I love your cat bottle. We have a World Market nearby - I better check it out.
    We still have to see The Lone Ranger. Glad to hear your good review. I often take professional reviewers with a grain of salt. :)

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    1. ...hope you like it!!! Read "Leave it to Davis" comment below.

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  3. Oh my gosh - isn't that crazy about Vivian Leigh's pay? Even at the $410K I would suspect you couldn't get Sandra Bullock to do a 30 second commercial!! That movie is a classic. I have it on DVD and watch it every once in awhile.
    Like your cat bottle!
    xo Catherine

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    1. ...it really shocked me to read her pay scale on the making of the movie.

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  4. Yes, the sun came out JUST as I was getting in the car to catch my flight. Harumph! Home now and there's no sunshine here, just as I expected. :-)

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    1. ...go figure!!! Hope you're feeling much better today Jan.

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  5. What fun to take a little road trip and enjoy the day and sunshine! I've nto been to a World Market is so long, it's a place to wonder around, isn't it? Your little cat bottle is neat! Hoping for more sunshine today!

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    1. ...yesterday, I went and bought the red cat. They'll be a purrrrfect match for Christmas colors in months to come.

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  6. ha ha ho ho he he on the Texas cartoon. love it... and i do hope that brahma bull shot is photoshopped.
    have never seen a cat shaped bottle.. and i love books about the navy seals, fiction i mean... my books are all about FBI< DEA<CIA and Seals... can't get enough of them so i know i would like that movie.

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    1. ...really?!!! Well, you'll like the 'end' of Captain Phillips then.

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  7. I love your cartoon- too funny! And I saw Mickey Rooney on Jay Leno's last show last week- he was sitting in the front row and got a special introduction.

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    1. Y'know I don't think I've watched Jay Leno [I know he is gone now from the Late Night Show] but once or twice. Never cared for him. LOL

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  8. Good Morning, I really enjoyed your post today. I love anything to do with Gone With The Wind! So happy you had sunshine and enjoyed lunch and birding. Mexican is our very favorite.
    Of course, I love anything to do with CATS!!!
    Enjoy your afternoon.

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    1. GWTW, cats, and Mexican food...we both like the same things.

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  9. i'm glad to have the sun trying to push thru today again. yesterday was the first time in a long time here as well. :)

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    1. ...it's good to see the sunshine, for sure!!

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  10. I didn't know that fact about Vivian Leigh, even though I watched the 2 pr 3 hour documentary on the Special Edition DVD.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. ...this magazine has a lot of 'unknown' information and background on the movie and celebrities.

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  11. I thought Shirley Temple had already died also! I can't keep up. Interesting facts on GWTW. How I loved that book as a young girl; the movie, not as much. Hope the sun holds out for you. We're finally seeing it today, too, but it is too cold for me!

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    1. ...me too. I've read it several times. And watched the movie over and over again.

      I don't mind the cold as much when the sun is shining. Much prefer the warmth myself, but can deal with cold if it's not dark and dreary.

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  12. Oh you know mom loves the green cats....bravo for a good find.
    Love that last photo
    Snowing again in Raleigh. In all my advanced years I never remember it snowing 2 times in 24 hours here. Boooooo but snow is better than ice as our pine boughs are already loaded.
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. ...stay warm. Soon it'll be all gone. That nasty white stuff.

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  13. Well, I like anything cat, so thing your find is great!! I am a GWTW fan, but did not know about the special TV guide issue. I wonder what Clark Gable was paid for his role? Probably more than Vivian! Very cute ending to your post today! LOL

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    1. ...I think the issue came out last month.

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  14. Snow is going away.

    Coffee is on

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    1. ...that's good to read. So many bloggers have been 'buried' with storm after storm.

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  15. I like that cat bottle. I would have bought it.
    Lucky you on the sunshine. I miss seeing that.

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    1. ...oh yes. And today's predicted high is gonna be close to 80. MY kinda day.

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  16. My son and his girlfriend rented the Lone Ranger. He asked me if I wanted to watch it before he returned it. I asked if the Lone Ranger said, "hi ho Silver, and away!" He told me he wouldn't tell me anything about the movie .....that I would have to watch it. I asked if he liked it because it had such bad reviews. He said they loved it. So I sat down one night and watched....thinking I would fall asleep....I was WRONG....that was a GREAT movie!!!!! I laughed....I was tense.....I cried.....I LOVED it!!! I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever listen to a movie critic again!!! What's wrong with them? I want it for Mother's day!!! Who isn't a Johnny Depp fan, now really???

    And Gone With The Wind.....love that movie....remember I saw it for the first time in 1968.....I was 13.....and I was in speechless (which is a miracle for me) when they pan that camera out to show all the men who were wounded in that one shot. Wonderful history lesson.....and what a love story. And that was the first time I had ever heard ANYONE say the word "damn". Rhett, oh Rhett....you, bad, bad man!

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    1. ...'damn'...in real life you mean?
      Anyway, I so agree, it's a VERY good movie. Critics are wrong on this one.

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  17. LOL I cracked up at your map! :)

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  18. Love the map of Texas and Canada. I'm not surprised that some Americans think Canada is just another U.S. state. ;))

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    1. Ummmm, I don't think that is what it implies tho...Texas being the only state and the rest of USA is part of the country, Canada.

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  19. Have to say, a a wine bottle collector, I would have purchased them both. Do not have a World Market anywhere nearby or would be there today! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. ...I did go back yesterday and got the red glass kitty!!

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  20. Love the cartoon! LOL!
    I'm wishing for snow! We're having a heat wave over here!

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    1. ...right 'bout now, I'd trade your heat wave for the cold we HAD.

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  21. so glad you got some sunshine. we need some too. i guess lately it comes & goes. not a constant sunshine. we had tons of snow yesterday. wondering what will happen tonight. suppose to get more snow this evening. i love Johnny Depp. such a great actor. Happy <3 Day!! ( :

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    1. In my lifetime, I've seen and lived in way too much snow...I now prefer the subtropic weather...at least it's promising to get out the frigid air in due time!!! For that, I wait patiently.

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  22. Fun view of Texas from your viewpoint... I guess we all kinda think of our own states that way at one time or another...

    Thanks for joining in! xo

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    1. ...thank YOU for hosting so graciously Nancy

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  23. Cat wine bottles ... I'll have to visit my World Market! Stay warm and enjoy the movies! Happy Friday.

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    1. ...in our store, they also had pink glass and milk glass cat wine bottles.

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  24. Love the "Texas thing"! My parents are from Tx., and we have many relatives still there. Tx. is in my heart. :)

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    1. ....I got a kick out of it too!!! I'm a migrant Texan from Colorado. LOL

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  25. You cracked me up with the "Texas" view of the USA. I have to tell you I am Canadian:) Hug B

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    1. ...I thought you Canadians would like it too....well, maybe not. Who'd want this messed up country and its government to be part of their country? Probably not so. LOLOLOL

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  26. My daughter is a Native American Studies minor in college. She said their portrayal of the Native Americans was not well done. Of course she looks at it from the politically correct era and we look at it as something that we grew up with. I have not seen the movie yet, even though I love Johnny Depp.

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    1. ...it's not all that important to me about being politically correct when it comes to being entertained!

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  27. I enjoyed your Friday Fragments. I absolutely loved the movie, Captain Phillips!!!
    We finally have some sunshine today! Thank goodness.

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    1. ...it was a GREAT movie. Very intense.

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  28. I don't think I have ever been in a World Market store- sounds fun. I agree with you 100% on the weather...I don't mind cold as long as the sun is shining! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.

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  29. When I heard about Shirley Temple I had the same exact thought. I found myself humming Good Ship Lollipop all day. GWTW is my all time favorite. I'll have to check out that TV Guide.

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    1. Stephanie? I can't find your blog from the profile link!?!!

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  30. I loved the Lone Ranger and this would be why I do not read critiques or book reviews, we just never agree and I'd of missed too many fine shows and not read too many fine books if I had taken note. I was surprized to hear about S T too I thought she'd died long ago but I had heard someone speaking about M R recently and that he was still living.

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    1. Someone mentioned that he was in Jay Leno's audience...I think it was Shelly.

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  31. I am reading about Grace Kelly. She was quite a business woman as well as an actress. The book is called "High Society"

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    1. An interesting subject I imagine!!!

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  32. Love the cat bottles! Heading to WM today or tomorrow. It is such a fun store to wander through. Always find something to put in the cart! I agree w/ you about Captain Phillips. However, sadly I don't think Tom Hanks WAS nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the movie. What a mistake!!! Have not seen The Lone Ranger yet, but I always think Johnny Depp brings such interest to any character he portrays.

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    1. I can only find your blog profile from your link...so I don't know where you are in blogland?!! Help.

      Yep, my mistake, Mr. Hanks is NOT in the running.

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  33. I haven't seen either movie yet, so thanks for the good reviews. Tom Hanks is good in every movie he makes and Johnny Depp...sigh...what can I say? They both are such versatile actors.
    The Texas cartoon is too funny! Texas does tend to think they're a bit special...no offense intended to Texans!
    Have a happy V day!

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    1. ...no offense taken. In fact, I would probably agree.

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  34. I had a bottle of the cat wine at Christmas (silver bottle). The wine is mediocre, but I love the bottle!

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    1. ...I've heard this about the wine not being all that good, while others say it is...No matter, I want the bottle. So the wine will get gone in a hurry. LOL

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  35. Finding out who is dead and who isn't is one way we are always using google. Seriously, isn't it wonderful to be able to type a few letters and find out instantly? I could not have told you if either ST or MR were dead.

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    1. Yes, I use Google a lot!!

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  36. Sorry you and the FF hostess couldn't come to an agreement, but of course, I'll still visit. In fact, I've added your blog to my daily feed :)

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    1. ...no big problem on my account. I will miss the fragmenters tho. I will revisit with you tomorrow [I'm trying to catch up visiting those that have been here right now] and I will get your url so I can then know when you posted a new blog post.

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  37. I very much enjoyed your R5F today. I think the Lone Ranger movie might have been panned because many thought it was "Jack Sparrow does Tonto." I haven't seen it, so I don't know. Thanks for all the movie trivia. Makes me want to curl up and watch one now.

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    1. I think you're right on the assumption...AND for the fact that Johnny Depp is very anti-Hollywood.

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  38. Snow storm yesterday .. lots of sunshine today!!! Hope it sticks around.
    I remember watching Shirley Temple movies ... call me crazy, but I loved them!!!!
    Have a great weekend.
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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    1. ,,,nothing crazy 'bout liking her movies!!!

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  39. I've seen those cat wine bottles but never purchased them. They are pretty cool looking. - Still haven't sat down to read my GWTW magazine but that is a pretty low pay scale for sure.
    Funny Texas humor. Enjoy your sunshine.

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    1. We are enjoying it very much. Oh you must sit down and read the magazine...it's full of great trivia and unknown info on just about anything you want to know.

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  40. Great post; so full of information....I have always loved Gone with the Wind but didn't know some of these facts....Love the cat bottles...I hope you have had a great Valentine's Day...

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    1. Me too...GWTW has nothing to compare. Any other movie is just mediocre.

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  41. I too had thought Shirley Temple had died long ago. I guess I did not know her age. Glad you are getting some sunshine. I think it was 86 here today. Take care and enjoy the nice weather.
    Audrey Z.

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    1. Wow...what a temperature difference. But, yesterday, we did get close to that. I'm lovin' it.

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  42. In love those cat wine bottles! I'll have to have a look here to see if we have them. I loved Gone With the Wind and introduced my daughters to it when they were in their teens (a long time ago!). They both loved it too, and all three of us have the DVD. That movie is certainly a classic that'll never fade into obscurity.

    Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors and I want to see Captain Phillips. I had a feeling it'd be sitting on the edge of the seat stuff.

    Loved all the info in your post, Anni.

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  43. I liked the Texas map - its a bit like how Queenslanders see the rest of the world!

    Here goes an attempt to show you have to pronounce Currawong -
    Curr - a - wong curr (as in the first bit of curry) a (as in a (but not A the name of the letter) and wong (as in two rights don't make a wong -ie not started with an r!) Hope this makes some sense!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks Stewart!!! I would've never guessed in a million years.

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  44. Good Morning, Would you be so kind as to send your email address to me. My email add. is on my profile. Thank you very much. Mildred

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    1. Yep...sent you my email, as you know by now. LOL

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  45. I was pretty sure that Shirley Temple had already died as well, but I think I got her confused with Lucille Ball for some reason. Incidentially, I watched a Mickey Rooney movie this weekend. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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    1. ...I haven't seen Breakfast at Tiffany's for ages.

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  46. Glad your weather has improved. We have another snow day and it's going to all melt by this afternoon. Crazy. Love that last photo. Made me smile.

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