January 31st, 2008

Whale fluke

I could write a clever title tied into the film Once, if only I'd seen it yet.

From leonardpart6, for slipjig: It's the story of how the song "Falling Slowly" from the film Once was almost disqualified as an Oscar nominee for Best Original Song, but was deemed eligible at the last minute.

And on a personal note, why does today already feel like Friday when it's still Thursday? (And how can the year already be 1/12th over?)
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Scorpio

"I want you to be nice. Until it's time not to be nice."

Decisions, decided: I'm gonna be watchin' me some Road House come Sunday.

Thank you, LJ Hive Mind. I like your style.

It's showing as part of the McMenamin's Super Trash Film Festival this weekend. How trashy are we talking? The lineup includes, in no particular order:

* Big Trouble in Little China. I'm hoping the line "Jack Burton is a man of courage" gets a laugh.
* Night of the Living Dead (at midnight, naturally).
* Re-Animator. Greatest tagline in movie advertising history: "Dr. Herbert West had a perfectly good head on his shoulder -- and another in a dish on his desk!"
* Psych Out -- 1968-era Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern bein' trippy, dude.
* And (AND!) the return of Portland's own Famous Mysterious Actor -- immortalized in this Mike Russell Culture Pulp strip -- who will host his live, non-broadcast talk show with guests Wm. Steven Humphrey of The Portland Mercury and burlesque performers from Tease-O-Rama.
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Me Meme.

Done by multiple people, but it was my reading inkygrrl's that finally pushed me to do this:

"BAAA! YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I want to know 36 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine... You're on my list, so I want to know you better!

"BE HONEST! COPY FROM HERE, FILL 'EM OUT, THEN SEND A LINK TO ME IN A COMMENT. Or whatever works for you."

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A. No. 'twould be nice...

2) What was your dream growing up?
A. Be a writer.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A. Doing that one-raised-eyebrow thing. (Seriously.)

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A. At least once, the Terminator stout chocolate milkshake at the Bagdad in Southeast Portland. And I've had enough whiskey to think "I think this could be my drink." I'm not much of an alcohol drinker.

5) Favorite vegetable?
A. I was going to say "avocado," but I just checked and it's a fruit. So...Potato!

6) What was the last book you read?
A. I last finished Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon, who went on to create The Wire. His book also was the basis for the great show Homicide: Life on the Street, about the only police procedural show I've ever really liked.

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A. Scorpio.

8) Any tattoos and/or piercings? Explain where.
A. Nothing intentional. ;-)

9) Worst habit?
A. Procrastination.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. True. I'd drive more carefully then, too.

11) What is your favorite sport?
A. American football. A genuinely great experience was watching the Super Bowl on a movie screen in 2002...

12) Do you have a negative or optimistic attitude?
A. Moody yet optimistic. (I am large, I contain multitudes...) I find cynicism to be, frankly, exhausting, and do what I can to fight it.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. Make sure the outside world's aware of our stuck-ness. Then shoot the breeze, make you comfortable, maybe start a sing-along...

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A. A drunk driver killing my best friend in 1997.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A. I unintentionally set off people's "gaydar." Trust me, if you saw into my mind you'd know I'm straight...

16) Do you have any pets?
A. Not now (the spiders around my place don't count). When I'm next living in a house, I'd like to get a mid-sized dog.

17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A. "Hey! How ya doin'? Come in, there's some room..." (I have a small studio.)

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. "Whoa." Followed by "She has a nice smile." (I've met inkygrrl in person once. I'm a sucker for (as s00j would say) "the Goth cuteness.")

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A. I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me. (No, that is NOT code for "I was a clown once"...)

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A. The only changes I'd make are changes I can make, like improve my skin (it's dry) and be healthier. Honestly, my body and I more or less get along.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. Conscience. But with crime-partner jokes.

22) What color eyes do you have?
A. Hazel-ish.

23) Ever been arrested?
A. No.

24) Bottle or can soda?
A. Bottle.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A. Take the longest vacation of my life, seeing friends from Salem, Massachusetts to Hilo, Hawaii and several points in between.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A. Parks.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A. I do believe there's a kind of energy that we don't fully understand yet, that we interpret as ghosts. (It's a theory Stephen King talks about in his non-fiction book Danse Macabre.) Also, I've had one not-yet-explained event in my current apartment where a faucet went on by itself. I know we can't -- yet -- explain everything.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A. Walk. Portland's a wonderful walking town.

30) Do you swear a lot?
A. Profanity's really fucking overrated.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A. People being bad to other people and to animals.

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
A. Hopeful.

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
A. Absolutely.

35) Do you believe in God?
A. I don't believe in an angry God. That's probably the best answer I can give.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A. Do as you will.

EDIT: I'm NOT gonna repost all my answers in each person's LJ comment section. They're here and I'll merely post my response to #18 and whatever others you want clarification on. (Stolen rule edit from mlerules.)
Scorpio

Nicknames

(Inspired by Fatboy Roberts of The Cort and Fatboy Show and his blog entry here...)

Disclaimer that I'll say right off: I AM NOT ASKING FOR A NICKNAME.

But I think about nicknames. I've never really had one. "Christopher," "Chris" and "Walsh" have served me well for 34 years. My brother has gone by a nickname most of his life: his full name is Thomas Munroe Walsh, Jr., but by age 2 my dad's parents had come up with "T.J. Walsh." (And later, when I was very young, I further shortened his seven-syllable name into the single syllable "Teej.") But nothing ever stuck on me, nickname-wise.

Still, I may have been a little more aware of nicknames because my dad was a Navy RIO -- he flew in the back seats of F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats, doing several jobs so that the pilot could focus on keeping the plane aloft -- and all Naval fliers have a call sign. A call sign's a fancy nickname. Dad's was slightly a joke: Alfie, after the Michael Caine character, because once (once!) when he took off his helmet his mussed-up hair looked kind of like Alfie's. But it stuck. Even retired, he's still Alfie.

Once when I was a teenager, I asked Dad "Why doesn't someone give himself a call sign?" Dad said, "They just don't." "Why?" I asked. "You'll understand later," he said. Which I finally did, when rapper/music producer Sean "Puffy" Combs declared he'd be known as "P. Diddy" from there on out. Years before Combs did it again and took the nickname Sean-John, the understanding hit me: it really can be an arrogant thing to do, declaring that a nickname Must Be This.

I've seen that done well once, though: my cousin Amy (who I once called "the lesbian version of me," which is scarily apt) was an ambitious kid who, at age 12, read Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. She loved the book (as I would, years later) and was very taken by the name Maxim DeWinter. She liked that "Maxim" was a powerful, and adrogynous, name. She remembered it. In her professional life (ranging from dancing to computer support at Speakeasy) she became known as Maxim, or just Max. I've teased her with my own variations, "Maximy" (combing Max and Amy) and "Maximus" because she'd loved Gladiator. In fact, she and I have joke interchangeable nicknames for each other, like how the leads in Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead sometimes get called by each other's name. But that's our private joke. It wouldn't work as a public nickname for me.

So. Some musings on the role of the nickname. Shoot, this isn't reaching a rousing conclusion.