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Oz fire

I just dispatched a fire department to a neighboring county, for a building fire on Wizard of Oz Way. Not a good thing, of course, but it did make my Oz loving heart go pitter-patter. (The fire's in a subdivision called Enchanted Hills, where the streets are named after various fairy tales and children's stories.)

On a related note, I keep forgetting to mention that Emily got me the 70th Anniversary Special Edition of The Wizard of Oz for Christmas. Speaking of making my heart go pitter-patter! In addition to the cleaned up, high def version of the movie, the DVD's contain a group of the old black and white silent Oz movies produced by L. Frank Baum himself, a documentary about Baum, and the TV movie "Dreamer of Oz", in which John Ritter stars as Baum. There are also some other goodies such as -- an emerald watch.

Coolest present ever.


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Jan. 14th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
That kind of makes me want to drive out and see the street signs. (Maybe in the spring....) There was a street in North Las Vegas named after James T. Kirk.

That is a fantastic present!
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
Isn't it though? I squeed like a little girl when I opened it. Um, I mean, I squeed like an adult guy. Yep.

There are all sorts of interesting streets in that addition, but I'm not sure I'd want to live on Rumplestiltskin Lane.
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Jan. 15th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
A lot of our street names come from your side of the pond, but we do manage to get inventive on occasion!
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing an address for a road called King Arthur's Court. Oddly enough, that would actually be more appropriate in Britain.
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's a King Arthur's Court in the same neighborhood as Wizard of Oz Way -- it was a big development, and they sampled just about every old tale there was in naming the streets. I suppose naming an American Street after an ancient British king would be similar to, say, having an iconic British character use the American Indian catchphrase "Geronimo!" ;-)
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
haha, I just looked for the "Like" button... gaw, I'm tired.
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I do the same thing -- the Like button is either a brilliant way to check in when you don't have time to comment -- or a lazy way out. I vote for brilliant!
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would totally want to buy a house in that subdivision. :-)

That DVD sounds really neat. I may have to put that on my wishlist.
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
I'm not sure you'd want to live there now -- the place has gotten pretty run down over the years, since it was first built. Gotta love those names, though ...

Absolutely, it should go on the wishlist!
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
We got that set too!!! It is GLORIOOUS!!!! :)
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
Isn't it, thought? :-)
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Um can Emily be my girlfriend now? ;) What an awesome gift!

I also clearly need to live on an Oz named street. I hope the fire was not too major...
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
They were out there for awhile -- and they called in several mutual aid departments, so I assume it was pretty bad. As it was in another county, I wasn't able to get much information about it.

There's a town here in Noble County that has several streets named after writers -- and they do have a Baum Street!
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure I could live in such a whimsical place (either that or I really really want to, I'm not sure which)

I hope the fire gets under control quickly
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
Sadly, they were out at the scene for quite some time, and from what I've heard it's as bad as can be.

Sadly, although the names are whimsical, the addition itself has gotten run down and low rent over the years. maybe it's time to downgrade the street names?
Jan. 15th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
that's all just sad
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I still have very fond memories of watching our "Special Edition" VHS copy of Wizard of Oz (now falling apart). It's one of the things I link to my grandpa, because we watched it with him all the time (and because he was so tolerant of me being terrified of the Wicked Witch, and having to run from the room every time she came on.) So, good memories, which I think accounts for part of my fondness for the movie.

I'm going to have to look for one of those DVDs.
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
I've got that VHS copy, too! If you don't want to go all-out on the special edition, they've got at least two versions of the movie itself on DVD, without so many extras.
Jan. 14th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
The Woozy really needs to learn to be more careful with his eyes!
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
He'd be the first suspect! I wonder what kind of interesting fire department Oz would have?
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Well, Neill's Wonder City has a reference to and picture of the "Fire Injuns," who probably wouldn't go over too well today. And in Scalawagons, we meet the Foresters of Oz, tiny people from all over the country who fight forest fires.
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I definitely have to get to those and check out how Oz firefighters are handled. I suppose my Cherokee ancestors might be a little sore at the treatment of "Fire Injuns", but, well -- they're dead. Unless there's a poltergeist infestation,m I'm probably safe.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm kind of wondering if it was the Wizard who came up with the name "Fire Injuns." Then again, I guess he grew up in Indian territory, didn't he?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
He sure did, and in a much less politically correct time, too. I can imagine him enjoying that play on words.
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