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Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 A - Z Challenge -T

T     Things We Appreciate

Happy Movie Theater Day! Are you a fan of Trailers? Alfred Hitchcock was a Trailblazer in the truest form when he (as well as others) stepped outside the National Screen Service monopoly and made his own trailer for “Psycho,” which was a full six minutes long as he walked around explaining parts of the movie and set without a single spoiler! In 2014, a two-minute limit was established for trailer length, but not for how many a theater could play. Does watching six or eight trailers make it challenging to remember which movie you went to see? 

As a Trivia fanatic from way back, I have to say (in honor of the letter T), how about those nanoscale hairs on Gecko Toes? Geckos can even walk across ceilings! Without toes, we humans have trouble walking at all. Did you know that dry Teflon is the only known substance a Gecko’s feet can’t stick to? I appreciate that cooked-on food doesn’t stick either. Quicker kitchen clean-ups allow more time for Tranquility.

Say, with a glass of Sweet Tea on the Terrace as the promise of rain rolls across the sky in low, resounding Thunder. There’s something about a Train whistle, as it rumbles out of town that transports mindless space to higher, Thoughtful places such as where the train is going, or where it might have been.

And with that, I’m on the road again! And on the Trail (or Tale) of the Thunderbird.
As you may recall in prior posts (letters I and S), I talked about an ancient Native American’s description of what might have been a Spanish Galleon in the Salton Sea. Or was it?
According to accountings; white man first arrived in the desert in a white bird that stayed a long time before its wings fell down and the sand covered it up. This wasn’t the last reference to a remarkable bird in the desert. Another massive winged creature is said to have inhabited an area near Palmdale, Ca. in a lake believed to have been created by “the Devil, himself” where “he left his own pet to live.” Lake Elizabeth (as it was/is called) suffered nearly a century of strange occurrences of extremely bad luck until at last one brave landowner fought back, wounding the terrifying animal and causing it to fly east, toward Arizona. It was near the town of Tombstone that the mighty bird met his match in a couple of cowboys who shot it from the sky and miraculously dragged it back into town for a photo-shoot; the evidence of which seems to have been permanently misplaced ;-)  

Thanks for coming along!

Any thoughts? Can you add to the list of things we appreciate that begin with the letter T?

*The latest IWSG anthology “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” goes on sale May 1st!


  1. Hi, diedre!

    The number of interesting Topics beginning with the letter "T" is, in a word, "Titanic." That, of course, reminds me of the ship that sank 106 years ago this month, three days before the birth of my dear friend Margaret Schneider, and the same year the Shady Dell was built.

    I have always appreciated the art of movie trailer production. Over more than a century of movie making, trailers have been created in a wide variety of styles and lengths. In the early and mid 20th century many trailers relied on a very formal sounding male narrator with perfect diction to introduce the main characters and the actors and actresses who portrayed them and give an outline of the plot. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the directors who helped shake things up. Many millennial trailers avoid the use of a voice-over announcer, unless it is added for humorous effect, and take the form of a teaser or a mini movie.

    Mrs. Shady stubbed her little toe a few days ago and is still limping around on it. The sound of a train whistle always reminds me of the opening title sequence of the 60s TV series Petticoat Junction.

    The tale of the Thunderbird of legend and lore is fascinating. Might Native Americans have witnessed aliens from other worlds arriving in their spacecraft?

    Tick Tock, time is almost up for this year's A To Z. We're in the homestretch with one more week to go!

    Have a Terrific day, dear friend diedre!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Wow, the Titanic is a fantastic subject to appreciate. So much history.

      I recently read about the fairly famous movie announcer and didn't think I'd forget his name, sigh.

      Best wishes for Mrs. Shady's toe. It's incredible how painful a toe injury can be.

      I don't recall a whistle, but I always thought that traveling on a train would be like the "Wild, Wild West" - ha!

      Prehistoric cave drawings suggest that Native Americans may well have seen aliens. I find all of it immensely interesting!

      Yes Sir, the homestretch. Thanks for the reminder ;-) Thank you even more for coming along, my friend!

  2. Hi Diedre - oh gosh ... lots of things - trees, tides, toes as you so rightly point out, thumbs ... and tea with a book - cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      I guess I do go on, don't I? Any excuse to write ;-)
      And you have the best additions - Thumbs! I just tried to imagine using a pair of scissors without them.
      Tea with a book works for me as well!

  3. Lots of good T words, aren't there?

    1. Hi John!

      A tremendous amount more than a tad, I'd say ;-)

  4. >>... Teflon is the only known substance a Gecko’s feet can’t stick to?

    HA! Now THAT is truly a Fun Fact, dIEDRE!

    After 20 years in Phoenix, I have memories of countless geckos crawling upside-down across beams and exterior overhangs. Never once saw one fall.

    ~ D-FensDogG

    1. Howdy Reno!

      I love fun facts! But the operative word here, my friend, is Toes. They have those wild little hairs on their toes. Ick and Wow, huh? I ran across it while checking out Teflon ;-)


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