Would somebody enlighten me and tell me why people in Vancouver like to drive their car in the deep snow? I mean, all I've been hearing for the past few days is the screeching wheels of some car stuck in the snow. Do people really think they are going to get somewhere fast by driving their car in this weather?? Especially with the all season tires that are absolutely not made for this much snow and ice. Seriously, right now I'm listening to the guy down on the street who started pulling his car out of the parking spot a half an hour ago, sreaming and cursing while his wife is trying to push the car out. Wherever they were going to go, they can forget now. Isn't it easier to put a few extra layers of clothing on and just take a bus?
in 1963 alfred hitchcock's 'the birds' was released, which saw the revenge of birds on humankind. to celebrate the film's 45th anniversity, Mattel, Inc. has released 'the birds' themed Barbie® doll, which is based off the 'the birds' ill-fated heroine, tippi hedren, who fashioned a green skirt-suit during one of the movie's iconic scene. birds are included. --- via boing boing
Does anyone out there have trouble sleeping? If yes, is there anything you can recommend (except sleeping pills)? I am sooooo overworked that my body just doesn't want to shut down and sleep. It's awful.
Last night I was enlightened by some information from Nelson. He told me about an anti "Hipster" article that Adbusters published last month, which I read this morning. It absolutely nailed everything I ever thought and mumbled grumpily about this awful trend that just doesn't want to pass. Here's the article link, enjoy! http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.html#comment-3540
I watched The Third Man the other day. It was such an excellent movie, starting from the music, to scenes to story and acting. Just brilliant. Besides, Orson Welles was in it! I was just looking up some stuff on Orson today and stumbled on this. It's a recorded scene of Orson arguing with a recording engineer during a voiceover recording. It's been made into a cartoon with Pinky and the brain. He's just so wonderfully dificult!!
I am almost certain that there isn't anybody on my friends list who cares at all about the 80s "light" metal guitar solos, but I couldn't resist not posting this. When I was 13 and living in Croatia as a refugee, one evening on our b&w small dial tv played a live rock concert that I came accross. I let it play for a few minutes just to see if I can recognise it, and then I heard what is on this youtube video. I still can't figure out how a little girl who knew nothing but Queen and some classical music could have gotten so impressed by something like this, but I was just stunned, watching with my mouth open. My mom even came over to see what kind of a strange sounding performance of Rymsky-Korsakov's flight of a Bumblebee this was.... To this day, I am completely smitten by this,and just had to share.
We've been here for about five days now and it seems like we've already seen many things that were on our list. My impression of this huge city are interesting in the way that they don't quite correspond to my original expectations and to the stories that I've heard about it. It may just be me, but New York doesn't seem as hectic as people describe it and New Yorkers are quite the opposite of being rude. On our day of arrival, Vladimir and I needed a nap badly, so we took our first walk in the city that evening. We took the subway down to the northern edge of Central Park and then walked down to the southern edge. That took us 50 minutes and answered a question of how big is Central Park really. Really big! The next day was monday, and since most museums were closed, we spent most of the day exploring the inside of Central park (which was beautiful), walked down 5th Avenue and in the evening we went to Times Square (where a big Elvis billboard hangs now). Tuesday we first went to Harlem, walked right through it and then to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, walked around the city more, went by the NY Public Library (which was closed, but we'll go in and take picutres another day). Wednesday we went to the Empire State building and walked around more in the southern Mahhattan,then to Little Italy. *That night on return home, we came out of the train in Harlem at around 10pm and even though the area seemed sketchy, we went to the Appollo theatre (where James Brown started) just to see how it looks. IN front of it were a bunch of black kids on the side walk, with an opened van parked right by blasting music. They were dancing and some were gathered around cheering and singing. Some then joined in dancing. This was an awesome thing that was totally unexpected to us. It seemed as though something I could only see ina a movie because it seemed very authentic and the kids were very enthusiastic about it. On thursday we went to the Museum of Modern Art. Today we decided to sleep in because we were a bit exhausted from all the walking around and in the afternoon we went book shopping in the NYU area down town. There are lots of great places to eat and shop there, it's really liverly, but casual. We then went to a cinema to have coffee, then Liquor store to buy wine for a cheap American price and then we headed over to the west Greenwich village to a BYOB restaurant. That's right, you bring your own booze and eat the fabulous high end French food in Tartine which costed us as much as eating at Subeez in Vancouver. On the way back, we explored the whole area and there are tones of cozy restaurants, cafees (psychic advisors), and clubs there. Vladimir bought roses from a homeless guy, and then we sat on the train. This is the best part. On the subway in Times square, there was a black man playing guitar and singing beautifully! Everyone waiting for the train was either dancing, tapping their foot, singing or cheering. The atmosphere was insanely wonderful! There were people coming down, joining in, singing along. We were contemplating not getting on the next train because we wanted to enjoy this more, but luckily the train was late so we got to listen to him for a good 20 minutes. At the end, he got a huge clap from the station that became packed eventually and everyone got on their train smiling and happy. I can not believe how wonderful this experience was and am so glad that things like this still exsist. That's it for now, pictures are bing uploaded regularly to Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/veronika_rudez/ ahhhhh, now Im very sleeeepy, nighty night!
I just got my Elvis signature pin in the mail which is now enjoying it's new home, on my blue coat! It's very shiny and sparkly, very Elvis style, I love it! (Along with that in the mail was my wonderful tax return cheque.) These are the best mailbox contents in a while. In other news, I can not wait till April 12th when Vladimir and I will be taking off for New York where we'll be staying for the whole 22 days!!! I am terribly excited, prepairing the things I need for the trip and writing down all the places I want to see. As far as the clothing market/show went, I am very satisfied. It was a great learning experience. I had one sale and tons of great advice, plus the insight into what seems to be a great new possibility. I only have one bad thing to say about the whole affair-- Will I NEVER (said in a highly aristochratic English voice of a woman character played by a man with a mustache) have a full time job and a full time hobby at the same time! It was EXHAUSTING!
As I've mentioned breefly before, I have been sewing for the past couple of months, trying to make some clothes for an upcomming Portobello West Market. This is a Fashion and Art market where local designers and people make things and show them, sell them, blah blah blah. This event will be held at the Rocky Mountaneer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street (Right by the Home Depot on Terminal, close to Main Street Skytrain Station). Here is the map: http://vancouver.portobellowest.com/Images/map-to-mountaineer.jpg This will be held on March 29th and 30th, so the next weekend, or a week from today. I'll be there both days, so if you are interested in checking it out or simply keeping me company and making sure I don't faint, please come-I'll be happy to see you there. Here's the link to the market: http://vancouver.portobellowest.com/Where/Where.asp There is an entry fee of $2 ,unfortunatelly, however I have 8 passes that will allow you to come in for free, so if you are intending to come, let me know to give you a pass.
That's it! Now, move along, there's nothing to see here!
You are very hyper. You never slow down, even when it's killing you. You're the type of person who can be a workaholic during the day... and still have the energy to party all night. Your energy is definitely a magnet for those around you. People are addicted to your vibe.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone. You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together. At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something. You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense. You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life. You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you. At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people. You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts. You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing. You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long. You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.
You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life. You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip. People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. You have the classic "Type A" personality.
TheAssassinationofJesseJamesby the Coward Robert Ford This was such a great movie! I just finished watching it and had to share my enthusiastic admiration for it. I heard about this movie coming to the cinemas a while ago and thought I should probbably see it because I've always been interested in stories like that, the beginnings of this land's western history. It didn't seem to play in the cinemas for very long and I was kind of sad I missed it. I had no idea, however, what I was missing untill I saw it tonight. It was a comedy above all comedies inspite of it's tranquille and sombre feel. The actors were just superb.. The guy, I think, Casey Affleck, was amazing. His expressions and just tiny gestures, every slightest movement was so expressive. You could almost have telepathic conversations with the characters just looking at them. Even Brad Pitt who I really think is too cocky and proud to represent any character in a movie was excellent. I think the greatness of this movie, besides it's fantastic photography and dialogue lies in the lack of everything but humility. The only thing that spoiled that really bare and purely non cool feeling was Nick Cave's performance. Seriously, there was absolutely no need to put him in there (in person). I know I did a terrible job of describing the movie just now, but trust me, you should see it if you haven't yet. http://jessejamesmovie.warnerbros.com/#
I watched a nature show just recently and there was a piece done on Cicadas. They are large flying insects that spend about 17 years of their lives under ground as "nymphs" and after that long period one night they all emerge from under ground and climb the trees where in the dawn they shed their skin and all become ariborne at once. They fly like this and mate for that whole day and then they die covering the ground with their numerous corpses. It was really fascinating how they are sinchronised like that, and how they swarm around certain areas and produce really loud alarming sounds. Speaking of nature shows, David Attenborough is the most fascinating man ever.
Anyway, I sometimes feel like that, hiding under ground for long periods of time, compleeting a part of my life cycle, getting ready for the day of flight. I've kind of lost touch with the humanity here since I came back from my summer trip. This has had a good and bad effect on me. Long periods of solityde are not that great even for loners. A person becomes less tolerant and less prone to compromising, used to ones own ways. I guess the good that came out of it was recovering from the trip's debt and being able to save for the new, upcoming travels. Also, without distractions, I've been able to focus more on the quality of life aspect. I know that sounds like getting old, but I can't kid myself much longer wtih the main course of my life being night life and desert whatever stories I catch of people who really do something with their lives (using their actual brain and capabilities for something productive!) After long time having fun sewing and thinking of new exciting things to wear, I finally applied to participate in the local market, Portobello West to show these damned things already. It's a market where local designers/artists/artisans/craftspeople display their inventions for show and sale. I got accepted and rented a little booth for March 29th and 30th (the weekend). I must say, I'm very excited. I'm almost as excited as before starting Emily Carr or before a spaceship party! The possibilities that seem to lie ahead appear endless. Whether this is a reality or a dream is beside the point. It's worth the effort, if only for the feeling of euforia. I will talk about this more as it gets closer in time, but for now, I'm trying to dig my way out from the heap of fabric and loose threads.
Some new movies I've watched (during the isolation period): Bryce's gift to Vladimir- Six String Samurai that I LOVED! The music and shoes and dunes and Elvis' name, plus chewing gum and Mad Max debris. Wonderful. Panda's recommendation, Hitchkok's Rope. Ah, Jimmy Stewart.... I think I fell in love with the elderly naive lady in the huge gray hat because I'm convinced I'll look like that when I'm 70! All the word play in that movie is absolutely invigorating. Juno, a work recommendation that's been nagging on me since it came out. It was cute, relaxing, funny and charming, but definitely not worth all the praize it's been getting. A Big-P fantastic Hitchcock -Strangers on the Train! I watched it twice, once with Vladimir, then with my mom who's a die hard fan of his. I can't believe I watched Throw momma from the train 15 years ago not knowing it's inspiration.
That's about it in short. All I have left now is to face my fear of the Dentist-untill Saturday. I wish I had a FF button to skip straight to Sunday.