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|Thursday, April 17th, 2014|
|Wednesday, April 16th, 2014|
|Becoming Short Round
When I was a kid, I wanted to be Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I mean, sure, he's a kid, but he knows martial arts and he gets to go on adventures with INDIANA FRICKING JONES! So, tonight: surprise bucket list item leftover from when I was nine has been accomplished. And I also got to win a free movie ticket to boot.
Let me begin again: When I was a kid, Indiana Jones knocked my socks off. Raiders of the Lost Ark remains one of my all time favorite movies. That globe-trotting archaeologist showed up at the perfect time. I was six years old for the first movie, and adventure had a name, and that name (so said the commercials for the sequel that would come three years later) was Indiana Jones. Hell yeah! Raiders had given me nightmares (their faces! Melting!) as well as an adrenaline boost that was better than any sugar high, and a love for exotic adventure that would never be quelled. In short, that movie captured my imagination, and it still fascinates and thrills me (ZOMG. What has two thumbs and saw the IMAX version of Raiders? Yeah. And the adult me got to sit in a theater with a screen as BIG AS MY SIX-YEAR-OLD-SELF'S MEMORY, but that's another story for another time).
Then, when I was nine, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom came along, and it was somehow even more perfect. I would later go through a phase of Temple hate. Kind of like a rebellious teenage years phase, where parents want to kill their kids? Yeah. Like that, only I wasn't stealing cars or setting things on fire, I was just pooh-poohing a movie. Perspective achieved.
Anyway, when that movie came out, and Indy escaped from the club at the very beginning and is saved by a well-placed car with a kid playing wheelman? Well, I had a new hero. Ke Huy Quan, who now goes by Jonathan Ke Quan, would later become the coolest Goony of them all (yes, better than Corey Feldman as Mouth, better even than Chunk; if you disagree get your own blog) but on my little person radar he was the coolest sidekick. Ever.
And when I was nine, I want to be him. Not quite thirty years later, I got to make good on that want. AAAAAAND I nabbed a free ticket to the finest movie chain in Texas (or possibly the world) in the process. All while wearing my work clothes.
So: Alamo Drafthouse (the aforementioned Greatest Cinema Chain) has been "reuniting" the class of 84 this year. That means Buckaroo Banzai and Purple Rain and, yes, Indiana Jones and the motherloving Temple of motherloving Doom. Of course I had to go to Temple. HAD TO. I hadn't seen it on the big screen (and in 35 mm print) since 84, when my folks took me to see it. And bought me the novelization. And . . . Yeah. Moichendizing yadda yadda.
I HAD to go, and go I did. Not just to a movie, we were told. This was a film party quote-along experience. We got rubber snakes and cockroaches and balloons to toss into the air at certain times. We got to chant along with the movie. We got to celebrate the film in a different way than the Alamo Drafthouse is known for (usually, it's silence is platinum, not speak aloud time).
Before the show, they called for volunteers. Three of us. The first guy, was Indy. The second person was Willie ("Be my Willie!" said the organizer, before he quickly amended, "I mean my Willie Scott!") and the third person was Short Round.
I. Was. The. Third. Person.
Yes, standing six feet two inches tall and two hundred pounds. Towering over the Indy-proxy by almost a full head. I was Short Round. (Lifelong bucket list item ACHIEVED!) Our quasi-embarassing task? Be the first to finish Snake Surprise! AND eyeball soup! AND monkey's brains (the former two served in a silver bowl and the last served in a little plastic cup shaped like a smiling monkey). Afterwards, we had to shout KALI-MA! In reality this meal was gummy worms, gummy eyes, some kind of sugar-water solution, followed by red Jell-o served in a fancy cup. BUT DAMMIT I WAS IN IT TO WIN IT!
So, despite the fact that I was wearing a pretty blue button up dress shirt (no tie, I don't do ties for work except in special circumstances) and my dress slacks and my Kohl's dress socks and my black Reebox (my work shoes stay at work, long story) and the others were casual-casual in Ts and jeans, I upended the bowl of soup/snakes and mowed down on the contents before slurp-lathering on the monkey brains, being sure to claw any droppings out of the dish and made a full on show of it. The Indy-proxy tried to prematurely shout Kali-Ma with a mouthful of gummy. He was about as intelligible as some amateur playing godfather with a mouthful of marbles.
I squirreled some gum, filling my cheeks with those critters I couldn't bring myself to swallow right away, cleared my tongue, and thundered KALI-MA in the most intelligible fashion (sounding a bit like Frank Welker's Soundwave from the oooold Transformers cartoon)and was declared the winner. :) Lookit me Ma, I'm a champeen gummeh-gobbler. The audience went nuts (well, they applauded and whooped for me), and I pumped my fists in the air and was (for a moment) transcended from the everyday silly me.
Yeah, I got a free movie pass. AAND I get a copy of the Nintendo Temple game (vintage, baby!). BUT more importantly: for just a single moment, I got to be Short Round. I got to play act in front of a crowd (something I normally enjoy the hell out of), and yeah, I'm thirty-mumble now and not nine, but this still gives me the greatest kick.
Afterward, I sat down to watch the movie. To marvel at this film. Sure, the thing has green screen issues with some of the images. And yes, it's problematic. More than a bit unfair to both the Chinese and the Indian characters by painting them as pulp fiction villains or noble savages (OMG, does Mola Ram owe so much to Boris Karloff!). It paints other religions with weird brushes (Hindu voodoo dolls; really?). I understand this, now, and I can appreciate these facts and frown upon them. Yet, there's a part of me that can overlook these qualities and enjoy the story for its own merits. As a piece of pulp fiction adventure, this movie is a delight. The part of me that is nine and in love with adventure, and a believer in good inevitably triumphing over evil (and really, the food choices were less reflective of actual Indian food—which is fricking awesome, and which I freaking adore—than it is indicative of the EEEEVIL in Pankat Palace) and in courage triumphing over terror was and is impressed.
TL,DL: My night was wonderful.
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|Tuesday, April 8th, 2014|
|Tuesday, March 18th, 2014|
- Mon, 12:51: The dashing bold adventure begins: next stop Los Angeles. Then, Tokyo. Finally Naha, Okinawa! Let's go,@hntrpyanfar!
- Mon, 18:14: Arrived in Los Angeles! Next stop, Tojyo! Holy crap @hntrpyanfar and I are REALLY DOING THIS! :D
- Tue, 08:19: @hntrpyanfar got stopped at the 2nd security check for knitting needles. Bemused expressions and needle tip tapping, but she got through. :)
|Friday, March 14th, 2014|
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2014|
|Saturday, February 15th, 2014|
- Sat, 03:28: There is a brilliant movie in Mark Helprin's novel, Winter's Tale. What I saw was not it.
|Monday, January 27th, 2014|
|Sunday, January 26th, 2014|
- Sun, 05:48: Poor Trista is sick. :( I put her to bed and am now watching Vincent Price pictures.
- Sun, 07:54: At the hospital, now. T's abdominal pains have only been worsening. :(
- Sun, 10:18: All tests came back clear. The doctor is opting to let Trista go home and rest up, see if the issues pass. Not sure how I feel about this...
|Friday, January 24th, 2014|
|Thursday, January 23rd, 2014|
- Wed, 20:50: Another pop off valve popped today...
- Wed, 20:53: Exit strategy achieved. I fly back to Houston tomorrow. Probably going to work 20 hours today, but whatever...
|Monday, January 20th, 2014|
- Sun, 12:47: Starting week two on the ahl field. The operators are calling me Detroit. Lol
|Sunday, January 19th, 2014|
|Saturday, January 11th, 2014|
|Wednesday, January 1st, 2014|
|Tuesday, December 31st, 2013|
|Books Read in 2013
01) The Blackbird by Richard Stark (1)
02) Wool 3 by Hugh Howey (1) kindle
03) Wool 4 by Hugh Howey (2) kindle
04) Wool 5 by Hugh Howey (5) kindle
05) The Curse of the Harcourts by Chandler H. Whipple (8) kindle
06) The Switch by Elmore Leonard (19)
07) The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer (21) kindle
08) Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong (A Yellow Peril Triptych) by F. Paul Wilson (23) kindle
09) When Ghosts Have Stories by Dean Wesley Smith (29) kindle
10) Women of the Felt by Dean Wesley Smith (31) kindle
11) A Moment of Wrong Thinking by Lawrence Block (31) kindle
12) Mrs. God by Peter Straub (7)
13) Dead Aim by Joe R. Lansdale (18)
14) Yellowleg by A. S. Fleischman (22)
15) Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allen Collins (26)
16) The Sun Worshippers by A. S. Fleischman (26)
17) The Dead Man: The Dead Woman by Lee Goldberg, Wiiliam Rabkin & David McAfee (28) kindle
18) The Dead Man: The Blood Mesa by Lee Goldberg, Wiiliam Rabkin & James Reasoner (1) kindle
19) The Dead Man: Kill Them All by Lee Goldberg, Wiiliam Rabkin & Harry Shannon (3) kindle
20) The Dead Zone by Stephen King (10)
21) The Lurkers by Kristopher Rufty (11) kindle
22) The Night Everything Changed by Kristopher Rufty (12) kindle
23) The Late Night Horror Show by Bryan Smith (16) kindle
24) Friday Night Gun & Knife Club by Linda Collison (17) kindle
25) The Jewel in the Skull by Michael Moorecock (28)
26) Daughter of Evil by Nile J Limbaugh (29) kindle
27) A Dark Autumn by Kristopher Rufty (31) kindle
28) Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (5)
29) Winner Lose All by Timothy Zahn (7) kindle
30) Web of the City by Harlan Ellison (12)
31) Lone Wolf #1: Night Raider by Mike Barry (Barry Malzberg) (14) kindle
32) Sunset Key by Blake Crouch (14) kindle
33) The Name of the Game is Death by Dan J. Marlowe (15)
34) One Endless Hour by Dan J. Marlowe (16)
35) Grab by Blake Crouch (20) kindle
36) Lone Wolf #2: Bay Prowler by Mike Barry (Barry Malzberg) (23) kindle
37) Meeting the Black by Tom Picirrilli (23) kindle
38) The Adventures of Maximilian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus by Clive Barker (24) kindle
39) The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain (26) audio
40) The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub (6)
41) Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss (10) audio
42) The Damnation Game by Clive Barker (11)
43) Lone Wolf #3: Boston Avenger by Mike Barry (Barry M. Malzberg)(25) kindle
44) The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Four edited by Ellen Datlow (26) kindle
45) The Return of Marvin Palaver by Peter Rabe (26) kindle
46) Hyperion by Dan Simmons (5) audio
47) Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes and other stories by Harlan Ellison (7) audio
48) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (10)
49) Lone Wolf #4: Desert Stalker by Mike Barry (18) (Barry M. Malzberg) kindle
50) The Wiccan Way by Boniface Wolfsong (19)
51) Joyland by Stephen King (20)
52) Lone Wolf #5: Havana Hit by Mike Barry (Barry M. Malzberg) (1) kindle
53) The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons (8) audio
54) The Association by Bentley Little (12)
55) Indignities of the Flesh by Bentley Little (12)
56) Road to the Rim by A. Bertram Chandler (17) kindle
57) Big Jack By J. D. Robb (18)
58) The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson (20) kindle
59) Pathfinder #31: Stolen Land by Tim Hitchcock (28)
60) Lone Wolf #6: Chicago Slaughter by Mike Barry (30) kindle
61) Bad Chili by Joe R. Lansdale (2) audio
62) Pines by Blake Crouch (7) kindle
63) Orchid Carousals by Lucy A. Snyder with Kaysee Renee Robichaud (13) kindle
64) The Blackmailed Nun (pt. 1) by Elizabeth Thorne (21) kindle
65) The Influence by Ramsey Campbell (25) kindle
66) Spooky Yogurt by C. C. Blake (30) kindle
67) Wake Up With A Stranger by Fletcher Flora (31) kindle
68) A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates (4) kindle
69) The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue by P. G. Wodehouse (6) audio
70) The Dead Man: The Beast Within by Lee Goldberg, Wiiliam Rabkin & Jason Daniels (8) kindle
71) 99 Reasons to Hate Cats: Cartoons For Cat Lovers by Tom Briscoe (14) Kindle
72) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (15) audio
73) Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen by Mary Sharratt (16) kindle
74) Jeeves in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse (22) audio
75) The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (26) audio
76) The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light (27)
77) The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale (29)
78)Lost Angels by David J. Schow (1) kindle
79) Love Among The Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse (4) audio
80) Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Vriggs, David Lawrence, Francis Tsai, Amelia Woo (5)
81) Battlepug vol. 1 by Mike Norton, Allen Passalaqua, and Chris Crank (6)
82) The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (15) kindle
83) Just after Sunset by Stephen King (??) audio
83) Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (21) audio
85) The Deep Dark by David Duggins
86) The Collection vol. 1 by Bentley Little audio
87) The Dark Half by Stephen King audio
88) Dr. Sleep by Stephen King (24)
89) Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (27) audio
90) Scratch One by Michael Crichton (29)
91) Heist Society by Ally Carter (7)
92) Danse Macabre by Stephen King (8) audio
93) A Little Bit Scandalous by Robyn DeHart (16) kindle
94) Daddy's GIrl by Lisa Scottoline (19) audio
95) Monsters of LA by Lisa Morton (24) kindle
96) Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vincente Cifuentes (27) kindle
97) How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn (28) kindle
|Friday, December 20th, 2013|
|Thursday, December 19th, 2013|
- Thu, 03:45: Had a ball seeing Shane Black's KISS KISS BANG BANG at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight. Hell of a fun and quotable flick!
|Friday, December 13th, 2013|