Monday, September 26, 2016

Lookin' Good!

People tell me that I look good. Usually, this comment is phrased as, “you look great for sixty-eight!” I wonder if that’s one of those left-handed compliments, like, “you throw good, for a girl.” But really, I’ll take it, because I am actually sixty-eight-years-old. If I were only fifty-eight, I’m sure that I wouldn’t take it so well.

Most of the people who tell me this are Thai, which discounts it somewhat. Thais are unfailingly friendly and polite, and if they can think of something nice to say, they’ll say it. Sometimes they tell me, “you have a nice nose!” Back home it would be different. Americans would be more likely to think that my nose was rather too big. But big noses are popular in Thailand, so that works in my favor.

I am also bald headed, which is okay with me. I make sure that what is left of my hair is kept very short and neat with frequent haircuts. A bald uncle told me when I was a boy that frequent haircuts were a must for a bald man, or else it all looks very messy. I had teased him about saving money on haircuts. Now I also know that the opposite is true.

It is likely that I do look okay for sixty-eight. More importantly, I feel okay. My blood pressure is on the high side, but not high enough to worry the doc’s. (I was at the hospital the other day for a blood test. My reading was 143/78. I was so relieved that I almost lit up a cigarette on the spot.) I have an enlarged prostate, but what sixty-eight-year-old can say that he does not? I have a gall stone with the remarkable diameter of one centimeter, but I am assured that many people make it through life with those things and never experience any discomfort at all. I’ve always been lucky, so I’ll take my chances.

I try to think about my cholesterol as little as possible.

Being born is such a crap-shoot. I’d be surprised if many people would take the chance if the decision were theirs. “Okay, here’s the deal,” says the somebody, “either you can choose not to be born, and nothing good or bad will ever happen to you, and you’ll never know the difference,” the somebody gives a knowing smile, “or you can be born, and it might work out okay or you may be subjected to a life of confusion, pain and suffering the likes of which only God can imagine, to no purpose at all, and then die horribly and alone.”

Thank you sir, but I’ll take never-having-been-born.

But that’s just me. 

Clyde McPhatter - Chinatown - MERCURY LP 20902

Here's your daily dose of gratuitous racism.

Ching, chang, a chingalingalang!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Night Is Still Young - Pizzicato Five

Oh, excuse me. Have I shown you this one already? Well prepare yourselves mentally, because it won't be eighteen months and I'll be showing it to you again.

Great combination of a great song, great production, great video, great (and beautiful) singer. This the heaven, right here.

Brian Eno - The True Wheel

This is a cut from the album "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy." It's a great example of Brian Eno's incredible work in the 1970s.

It starts off sounding almost like a pop song. It's pretty normal until about 2:15. After that the ground starts to shift and things start to shudder. By 3:08 things have started to fall off of shelves. At 3:55 the whole "pop" song becomes airborne. Those staccato drums remind me of my old Honda Nova Dash. Like the Dash, they sound like a steel drum band attending the wake of an exploding fireworks factory.

This album was completely remarkable in its day, and it remains completely remarkable to this very day.

Duelist [2005] • Korea

Here's a clip from the below "reviewed" movie. Pretty swirly, eh?

This clip doesn't do it justice. There's a lot more night, more snow, more blade weapons. And I'm pretty sure that the dialog is snappy. If there are any Korean readers out there, perhaps you could tell me about that. I've only seen the movie in Korean with Thai subtitles, and I read Thai much to slowly to keep up with subtitles.

Spin Easy Time!: Movie Review: The Duelist (Korean, 2007?)

I'm pretty sure that this is the best movie "review" that I've ever written. I just came across it by accident, and I just had to share it again.

Spin Easy Time!: Movie Review: The Duelist (Korean, 2007?): Lee Myung -Se; Director, Producer, Production Designer, Writer. Cool movie alert! We stylin ’ now, baby. Think of Francis Ford Coppola’...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Down in Mexico by The Coasters

It is possible to like or to dislike Quentin Tarantino as a director, but whatever you think about his movies, the man has a good ear for that old time Rock and Roll.