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May 2003

drought in retrospect

May 17, 2003

Well, i don't even remember 6 days ago. all i know is the funny totally abandoned me this week, plus, i keep having headaches, i think it's the weather, which is pretending to be March, and also i'm way overbooked in life right now. at least i've got phone minutes again. that was weird, having them all used up on both phones. so the reason i haven't put any pictures of NY on here is simple; i'm still not done with all the prom photos i was supposed to manipulate and i am pure d tired of them, but i'd feel sorta guilty for working on other photos. even though i did this week. do you know why i typed "pure d?" me either. i think the dad on Good Times said that, or someone like him, i dunno.

I'm feeling the sense of loss that always comes when faced with the end of a superior TV show. tuesday brings the final episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and it's a sad, sad thing. the show kinda sucked this year, but in relative terms, it's one of the finest programs on TV and i will miss it very much. of course it's in syndication, but it will never be new again.

Oh, you were wondering which photos i did work with this week? well, that's too bad because i am not telling you. they were delicious, though.

I took some of the kids to see The Matrix Reloaded yesterday. it wasn't perfect, but i wasn't disappointed, and would recommend it to anyone with, like, IQ points. and don't let any lame reviewers (some of them are lame, anyway) fool you; the story and subplots were clear-cut, carefully thought out, and not convoluted, at least not negatively so. there were *two* convoluted characters, but only because that was what they were supposed to be. it was like, subterfuge.

And oh, eye candy, rocking f/x, fun literary allusions, major H.R. Gigerage-the underground world of Zion was built on it, i mean like where you would imagine Giger-looking creatures living. but that's not my area, so could be influences from somebody else, and if so, i'll come up with a name soon. and what i liked was the way it illustrated how people don't really want to be entirely free of all outside control. well, i do, but that's beside the point. you saw people, having escaped one kind of control only to group themselves, willingly, even purposefully, into another.

Can't wait for November, and the 3rd part. only one segment actually annoyed me; this scene that came straight out of a bad online fanfiction plot, where Neo can only get information if he lends his lips to a hot chick in need. but it was brief when compared to the rest of the movie.

Okay, if for some reason you see this movie and don't get right away why it's sorta brilliant, think irony. that's really all you need to consider.

Two good reviews: Flick Chick and Roger Ebert. but i am not linking to Rog, as he gets spoilerish at the end, and though i love spoilers, i wouldn't have wanted to know the thing he mentioned before i saw the movie. so, up to you there. his review is on the lame reviewer linked page, anyway.


wonderful town

May 11, 2003

So after he took off, late for his class, I moseyed over from 34th and 8th Ave to a 7th Avenue subway station and the first idiotic thing I did was swipe my MetroCard with my left hand, which means that I paid for someone to the left of me to go through the turnstile. By the time I realized this, time was up, my 2 bucks were gone, and I had to do it again with the right hand. I looked the signs over; nothing there to indicate the right side was correct, but of course only a left-handed person would even be presented with this difficulty.

Anyway, I took the train to 14th St., only a couple of blocks from one of my favorite stores in NY, Garden of Eden, where I bought lunch. Union Square is at the end of the block it's on, so that was my picnic spot, and I ate my Greek salad while watching some guys do hacky sack to a James Brown cd. I got some pictures I'll upload tomorrow. That was on the South side of Union Square, where you get a wonderful view of the Virgin Megastore and its idea of "corporate art." On the North side, there is a Green Market every Saturday with really wonderful produce, plants, flowers, and farm products such as fresh milk, honey, juice, baked goods, and other things in season. I bought a slice of pumpkin bread and a cup of grape juice, which brought my lunch total to just under 5 dollars.

Don't ever let anyone tell you it costs a lot of money to have fun in New York because it just isn't true. You just have to know what and where to buy. New Yorkers, however, don't always realize this. They were paying between 5 and 10 dollars yesterday for huge bunches of lilacs that probably wilted before they got them home!


just a girl

May 8, 2003

yesterday i shopped. for clothes. you don't know me all that well, but you should know this is not something i do often. mostly due to poorness, i've developed a sort of aversion to shopping. except for books, which i generally buy used. however, i realized after playing "What Not to Wear" on myself, that things needed to change. i could not get away with wearing the same summer clothes i've worn for the past several years. so i shopped, and i bought actual colors instead of just burgundy and black, and the total came to about $200, let's see...3 blouses, 2 t-shirts, 2 pairs of cropped pants, a skirt, sandals, sunglasses and some toe rings. oh, and a light sweater to wear over other--light things. did all that actually cost $200? well, the sandals were the most expensive thing. i paid 30 whole dollars for a cool pair of Kenneth Cole Reaction slides that don't actually look past season. they are red leather. i always buy red sandals; it's this thing i have. anyway, they might be last season, but as i said, they are cool, and would have cost around $60 at a regular shoe store.

okay, but none of that has anything to do with anything. the whole point is that while i was shopping, i came across cd box sets for 10 dollars each. i got two of them, figuring they were worth more than a pair of jeans. the one that i want to share about is called Velvet Lounge. it is a 3 cd set of all these great old crooners and lounge singers, doing some very nice stuff. and some of it's just fun. so in honor of that, i proclaim today's song to be one of my old favorites, a song i can listen to over and over again and never tire of...

Danke Schöen, by Wayne Newton. now the thing about this song is that it was owned by Bobby Darin who signed teenaged Wayne Newton for his production company in the early 60s. and he gave him this song to record, and it became an enduring classic. BUT OMG, imagine if Darin himself had recorded it. no offense to eunuch-throated Newton, but i think i'd just melt away forever if there was a studio recording of Danke Schöen by Bobby Darin. i understand he did sing it on his TV show once in the early 70s, but i haven't heard it. and that's just not the same thing at all anyway, is it?


quinto maggio

May 5, 2003

still trying to figure out this impressive-but-not-very-fun software. i have a little more time now though, so i can do the lists, and make a new page for this stuff. and then figure out how to do things i have had to avoid so far. here's part one of today's entry, in the meantime.

so the kids and i were singing in the car last night on the way home from the zoo. i was tired of pop and classic rock on the radio, so i put in my tape of Dean Martin: Capital Collector's Series, and we sang good stuff. one of the kids' favorites to sing is "Ain't That a Kick in the Head." irony is about to take hold...

i had decided that today's Song of the Day (i can have those whenever i feel like it, i figure) is "Sway," which is just so yummy you can't even believe it, and while i was looking it up, i ran across this:

'''Ain't That a Kick in the Head,' from the 1960 Rat Pack motion picture Ocean's Eleven: A truly swingin' number, the song was originally banned by many radio stations for being too suggestive, which prevented it from reaching the charts, although it is now a cult favorite among Dean Martin fans."

wow, and they played "Sway?" it may be about dancing, but geez, it's not *really* just about dancing. and that beat! it's awesome, but i mean. to think that parents who listened to this were very soon after worried over what rock and roll might do to their teenagers!

i think this was released in 1954, and i know it was a single on 78. i believe that the 2nd side was "Money Burns a Hole in Your Pocket."

Sway--Dean Martin

When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

i'm thinking of declaring this Dean Martin month. there could be a thing, leading up to his birthday in June. i will work on that idea.