Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

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Just for fun!, Movies & Books

I don't watch network TV shows anymore, but I love to watch movies. They make mundane, household tasks like folding laundry, ironing, changing the bed, etc. more enjoyable. The TV and VCR in my kitchen get a real workout during my cookie marathons too.

Some movie favorites I watch every year or so. One of those is Houseboat, starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. It is utterly delightful. Not only is Sophia Loren a real dish, as they used to say, she is also a good actress.

If you haven't seen it, Cary Grant plays a recently widowed, disinterested father of 3 children. Sophia Loren plays Cinzia (pronounced chin'-see-a), the daughter of a famous Italian conductor. Her father is overprotective. Cinzia is on tour in America with her father and wants to experience a little freedom. They argue. She threatens to leave him, but her father reminds her she has no means of her own. How will she manage? Their conversation goes something like this:

Cinzia: Perhaps I will get a job.

Father: That's nonsense. I've given you the finest education in all of Europe. You don't know how to do anything!

Cinzia: Then I'll run for Congress!

She becomes the governess for Cary Grant's 3 children, even though she doesn't even know how to cook!

I have seen this movie many times, but never has that line hit me like it did this year. Maybe it's because we seem to pay more and more for education yet many graduates are still inept, and our Congress lacks common sense. Anyway, I got a big laugh out of that bit.

The movie is charming and even after 50 years, I think it holds up well. 

What are your repeat favorites? 

TONIGHT: "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa" 7PM, on NBC looks good if you are a Muppet fan. (I am)

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