Where to go? What to do?

Where to go?  What to do?
Go there! Over there!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for Vision Quest

Victory awaits us!
Where were you in 1983?  What were you doing?  That leads to this question:

Did you see the movie Vision Quest?

This is a “coming of age story” in which the actor Matthew Modine plays a high school senior who wants to do something spectacular before he graduates.  He decides to drop two weight classes in order to wrestle the legendary opponent from another school.

My husband told me he tried to do the very same thing.  He asked his mother, “Tell me to stop.” Which she did and he dropped out of wrestling.

Throw in a love interest, and a singer at the bar (Madonna) who performs “Crazy for you” and “Gamble”.

How good is this movie?  Well, it has been 28 years since we saw the movie, and I still remember it.

VISION QUEST, Matthew Modine (l.), 1985, (c)Warner Bros.
Matthew Modine


Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for UIysses

A statue of James Joyce in Dublin
In Dublin's fair city...

No, not the mythical King of Ithaca who helped end the Trojan War.  No, this is a piece of literature written by the famed Irish writer, James Joyce.  He was known for his innovative writing style, especially for the book, Ulysses.
This is a quote from the book:

I was thinking of so many things he didn’t know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain Groves and the sailors playing all bird fly and I say stoop and washing up dishes*** they called it on the pier and sentry in front of the governors house with the thing round his white helmet poor devil half roasted and the Spanish girls laughing in their shawls and their tall combs and the auctions in the morning the Greeks and jews and the Arabs and the devil knows who else from all the ends of all Europe and Duke street and the fowl market all clucking outside Larby Sharons and the door donkeys slipping half asleep on the vague fellows in the cloaks…

If you made it to ***, good on ye.

Well, now.

The book is 265,000 words in length, with 30, 030 words lexicons: a special vocabulary or definition of the author’s peculiar language preferences.  Notice the lack of punctuation.

I tried to read this book really tried but had to give up and started War and Peace instead it was okay but the plot…

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Tree

Perhaps it is the old tree-climber in me that makes me stop and look.

I wonder, “Can I put my foot there, without hurting a muscle?”

Then “….Stretch my hand to that branch, without scraping my arm???”

And, if I haven’t fallen yet, “…if I pull and push at the same time, can my other foot make it to that notch way up there.

Some trees beg to be climbed, no, demand to be climbed.

Forget about the palm tree, all show and no character.  Snotty stuck up tree, not made for much here in Southern California, except for its fancy decorative looks and heavy maintenance.

Give me a knotty, branchy tree anytime.

Now, THIS is a TREE! Which up the street, and I am not sure what species it is.

Yup.  T is for Tree.