Adorable

I like Mandy Patinkin from way back in the 1980s when he did Yentl.

I haven’t really seen that much of him in other things…

…. and I don’t know that much about him at all but I like him, I like the vibe I get from him.

I can’t recall why now, but a couple of months ago I started following him on Twitter where he shares little films of himself and his wife Kathryn while they deal with quarantine life. I think it’s his son that films most of these videos and I just like watching them. It makes me chuckle seeing an older married couple quibble and laugh like that.

Mandy and Kathryn are very vocal about voting Democrat and they shared these two adorable and fun videos on volunteering to call like-minded people to tell them to go vote. Apparently doing that is called phone banking (that’s a new term for me, I’d heard of the practice before but not the term). Anyway, especially the second video cracks me up (and so sweet at the very very end)…

So, yeah, seeing these is contributing to making this more of a feelgood Friday. And I hope with the Patinkins that the hard work pays off.

39 thoughts on “Adorable

    1. Yeah, don’t think it would be for me either. Although, I say that now, but I did volunteer at a child helpline many years ago, so I should at least be able to talk on the phone with many different people…

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      1. Servetus

        No, I mean I despise the practice. It’s ridiculously intrusive and often offensive. It’s impossible to keep your phone number off their lists, they are not hampered by any of the laws against nuisance calling, and when you live in a swing state you get called — I am not exaggerating — at least six times a day. I’ve had to take draconian measures to stop the phone ringing that are further isolating dad just at a time when he shouldn’t be isolated from people who want to call us and don’t want to harangue us about our political opinions.

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        1. Oh, yes, that does sound very annoying. You’d think if they’d call you once and you tell them you’re already voting or not interested in the call, they’d put you on a ‘please don’t call anymore’ list.

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          1. Servetus

            The thing is that in my county, there are seven races on the ballot (national, state, county, local).with seventeen candidates involved. Most of those people have campaign phone bankers. Then we have two town referenda, and groups who have opinions on those questions are also calling us. THEN there are all the interest groups who have positions on the elections and they *also* sponsor phone banks. All of those campaigns and interest groups ALSO have robocall operations.So I might get a call about Joe Biden from the Biden campaign, but also from the Democratic National Committee, the Wisconsin Democratic Party, the Outagamie County Democratic Party, the party HQ in the city next to where we live, and any of dozens of interest groups (local, state, national) who are trying to “get out the vote.” And usually they try to “keep you warm,” i.e., they’ll call you two months out, a month out, a week out, and then every day of the last week before the election.

            So far 1.3M absentee ballots have been requested in WI (the total number of registered voters is 5.6M). About 350K of the requested ballots have already been returned, five weeks ahead of the election. So there are good odds that anyone whom they call (a) requested an absentee ballot and (b) already knows how they are going to vote and (c) has already voted. But even if you tell them you already voted, they still keep calling. They have computer lists of numbers, and even if someone “real” calls you, it’s still a computer that places that call. They’re not dialing with their own fingers.

            Oh, and then there are telephone pollsters, as we still have a landline. Plus the two cell phones.

            Dad watches cable many hours per day. Per every half hour of programming, there are 22 minutes of program and 8 minutes of advertising. I was timing last night, and of the 8 minutes of ads, 6 were political ads.

            I’m a big fan of the democratic process and avidly interested in politics, as you know, but all of this is too much and I am skeptical that this kind of effort makes much of a difference. I think what would be really helpful is if Patinkin et al would volunteer to transport people to the polls (at least in a normal year), or pay for attorneys to help people whose votes are being suppressed to challenge the suppressions. But the constant barrage is at least potentially counterproductive. We tuned out long ago.

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            1. Yep, reading this, I can so understand that!

              It always amazes me how many offices are electable in the US. Judges, prosecutors and sheriffs get elected too, whereas here those offices should be independent of political coloring. That would mean even more phone banking for you guys to endure for such offices as well, I imagine. And I seriously wouldn’t mind so much if at least you could have them take your name off the call list if you so desired. Sounds to me like something really needs to be done with call list management.

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              1. Servetus

                Unfortunately, when the law was written that governs unsolicited calls, it was written by politicians. (not that the law is at all enforced, but that’s another matter; I don’t hold the campaigns responsible for that). It exempts political calls from the list of prohibited calls. So the campaigns and the parties can call at will. It also exempts any organization that anyone at the number has ever expressed any interest in or connection with. So if ten years ago I made a political donation to Greenpeace (for example) they have the legal right to call me as much as they want.

                I used to try to ask people whom I actually talked to, to take us off their lists. The problem is that the person to whom you speak has no control over the numbers on the list. So I can say to the person calls me “take us off your list” all I want but they can do nothing. My mother donated once to the American cancer society approximately twelve years ago. I asked politely a few years ago for them to stop, then I asked not so politely, then I started screaming into the phone, when I got a call from them, “she’s dead!” Earlier this year I changed my scream to “she’s been dead for seven years!” No impact. You can’t just block their number because they call from a variety of phones with different numbers.

                Honestly, I am loving our current situation, with only trusted numbers allowed to get through, but I’m going to need to change it back to blocking by individual number when the election season is over. The risk is too high that we’d miss a call we’d really want to get.

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              2. Well, that’s effin’ annoying!

                I’ve never had a political call ever, I don’t think it’s allowed here. As for charities, there is a “bel-me-niet-register” (a “don’t-call-me-register”) where you can list your number and they’ll never call you. I’m good with that. 🙂

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              3. In Canada, political campaigns and charities and research polls are exempt. So, we can (and have) put ourselves on the do-not-call list, but all of those can still call! Mind you, we do not get as many as Serv! Well, except for the calls several times a day threatening to put us in jail for tax issues unless we call the (scammers’) number immediately!

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              4. Oh man, those scammers! There was a time we got quite a few from “Microsoft” telling us our computers were in danger of some virus or something and if we paid them, they could fix it from afar. Haven’t had any of those for a while now, though.

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              5. Servetus

                Same here — we’re on both the state and federal “do not call” lists but essentially that means we get calls from all these organizations that are exempt, and scammers. Dad’s had the same phone number for 50 years so it’s made it onto a lot of lists.

                When I lived in TX and FL I didn’t have these kind of issues, because they were not swing states (FL might be different this year). The major reason for the problems at the moment is that Trump won by only 22,000 votes in 2016 and our 10 electoral votes are considered crucially important.

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              6. I can imagine that being in a swing state makes a huge difference. Everyone is trying to get your vote.

                My husband keeps saying we should get rid of the home phone and just go with our cells, where we get less of those calls. The problem for me is that family calls on the home line, wanting to reach our family — not an individual person.

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              7. Servetus

                we’ve had that discussion, too. Apart from safety issues, dad has had that number for 50 years and it’s the number people have for us. It’s hard not to think that axing it would cut him off from the kinds of calls he enjoys most — people who haven’t been in touch in a long period of time and call to catch up. Of course, our current filtering system does that too. The whole thing makes me really angry — both that the US Congress won’t legislate effectively against the many problems in the system, and that enforcement is so weak. Once again, we’re relying on business to do things our lawmakers apparently find superfluous.

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  1. Servetus

    one of my favorite German / Dutch false friends, due to the meaning of “bellen” in German. I’m sure I’ve told you this. It makes me laugh every time I see it in Dutch.

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  2. I also love Mandy Patinkin. He was so handsome when he was young. I saw him recently in “Wish I Was Here” with Zach Braff and Kate Hudson. It was very good. (Not a big fan of his big beard, though, so I’m glad it seems to be gone.)

    He is a fabulous singer. I loved him in “Sunday in the Park with George” with Bernadette Peters (which I saw on TV). Or this one, singing “Younger than Springtime”… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii465lXLp8w

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    1. Just checked YouTube – he did that on James Corden, I see. So fun!
      I always meant to watch Homeland (my brother used to recommend it), maybe I will attempt it sometime because of Patinkin.

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        1. I’m the same, not that huge on spy shows either. My brother and sister in law both studied political science and work in government and this really fed into their fields of interest they always said. They loved it. And of course, it also has Mandy… Maybe I’ll check out a few episodes sometime, just to see what they used to fuss about.

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        1. Servetus

          He did an album of Yiddish songs (which I have somewhere, I should look for that CD) and a lot of benefit concerts. He’s not a native speaker, but I think you could call him a “heritage speaker,” i.e., he heard the language as a child.

          He gets a lot of cred from the non-orthodox Jewish community for this activity in particular. There’s long been this dilemma that Yiddish (which was fundamentally a secular language) is basically dead *except* among the ultra-orthodox, who aren’t really interested in its long heritage as a literary and musical language. There have been a lot of attempts to teach it and perpetuate it, but they usually don’t catch on, because a language no one needs to speak is doomed sooner or later. I mean, a lot of what Patinkin has done is essentially a nostalgia project but it does raise awareness.

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    1. Yeah, they’re really fun.

      I remember seeing Patti LuPone in Sunset Boulevard on the London stage back in the mid 1990s! 🙂 Cool that she and Mandy performed together. What production was that?

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      1. They did an Evening with Mandy and Patti at Kennedy Center was sold out just fabulous because Patti has no filter so they would tell stories about their Broadway days not really kiss and tell but sweet and funny

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