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  • Bella's Still At Home Journal

    Bella's Still At Home Journal

    Mom says some of her best childhood memories were going to Margate, New Jersey as a child. When we read about a former Trump Casino being torn down Mom thought about Margate and a very cool story came up.

    One of the attractions of Margate, New Jersey is "Lucy The Elephant". The idea of creating "Lucy" was done by James V. Lafferty. "Lucy" was one of his best creations. He hired Phladelphia architects William Free and J. Mason Kirby to create Lucy. They modeled her after "Dumbo", The Legendary Barnum and Bailey Elephant.

    It was his dream to creatre animal shaped structures. He even filed for the patent for the idea. The construction estimates for Lucy were between $25,000 to $38,000. When Lafferty when bankrupt he sold "Lucy", known at that time as the "Elephant Bazaar" to Anton Gertzen whose Daughter-In-Law named her "Lucy".

    According to Wikipedia through the first half of the 20th century, Lucy served as a restaurant, business office, cottage, and tavern (the last closed by Prohibition).

    By the 1960s, Lucy had fallen into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition. In 1969, Edwin T. Carpenter and a group of Margate citizens formed the Margate Civic Association, which later became the Save Lucy Committee under Josephine Harron and Sylvia Carpenter.

    They were given a 30-day deadline to move the edifice or pay for its demolition. Various fund-raising events, The most successful a door-to-door canvass by volunteers, raised money.

    On July 20, 1970, Lucy was moved about 100 yards to the west-southwest to a city owned lot and was completely refurbished.

    Mom say's that my human Grandmother, Janice Friedman was in Margate for a party and when she woke up that Monday morning and saw Lucy being moved she thought she had drunk too much before and was having a hallucination. True story.

    After "Lucy The Elephant" was moved she was completely renovated and became a bigger  tourist attraction there. July 20th, the day of her move, has been designated as her birthday and it is celebrated every year.

    Now Lucy's  latest incarnation is to go back to her origins and one of Margate's latest Air B and B. Because "Lucy" is an older lady there are restrictions when people stay there. No children under twelve and no pets.  

    Mom says she would love to visit "Lucy" but not stay there because of the restrictions.

    First of all the structure does not have airconditioning.  Guests have to use an outside trailer to shower and go to the bathroom.   

    Lucy is currently going through a 2 Million dollar renovation. They have not raised all of the money yet. They will be replacing Lucy's metal skin since much of it has deteroriated beyond repair. The goal to complete the renovation  is Memorial Day 2022  has been achieved.  Her reopening party is set for May 27th .

    Bella, Lukey and Paddy's Movie Pick of The Day-  The Way Way Back.  Steve Carrell stars as "Trent" a divorced man who brought his girlfriend "Pam", played by Toni Collette and he son "Duncan" played by Liam James to his beach house. Don't want to give to much away but it's a good movie.  The cast includes Oscar winners Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell.  Rob Cordry, Amanda Peet and Maya Rudolph round of the cast.   

     Be Safe- Bye Bye Bella, Lukey and Paddington

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    Science Fiction, Action, Drama

    Bella Gives this:

    3 Paws

    Jason Momoa is the only actor to play "Aquaman".  Robert Downey Jr. was the only actor to play "Ironman".   "Batman" has been played by Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, George Clooney,and Ben Affleck in films.  Adam West played "Batman" on TV.   

    There have been over 13 movies featuring "Batman".  With so many films featuring the "caped crusader" why did we need a new version of "The Batman."

    The story features Robert Pattinson as "Bruce Wayne/Batman" .  The film takes place in "Gotham City" which features corrupt people running the city. Though the stories and some of the characters changed the movie is a rehash of a tired old story that maybe ready to pack it in.   

    Robert Pattinson does an OK job playing Bruce Wayne/Batman. Paul Dano does a great job playing the creepy "The Riddler".

    It seems like the creepy roles get actors Oscars too.  Heath Ledger won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor playing "The Joker" in "The Dark Knight" and Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing his version of "The Joker" in the movie of the same name.   

    Zoe Kravitz does an OK job playing "Selina Kyle/Catwoman".  Personally it was nice to see all of the cats at her home.  Reminded me of home. 

    The problem with "The Batman" is that is produced nothing new.  More of the same.   It was entertaining but more of the same.

    If you want to see a movie about "Batman" the ones starring Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, or Michael Keaton are better. 



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