Friday, May 1, 2009

Soles'n'Bowls

  • Sorry, "swine flu" or "Mexican flu" fans. The WorldHealthOrganization has decided to go with "H1N1 influenza 1."
  • And if you see me sneeze or cough, don't run away. It's just allergies now that EVERYTHING has decided to bloom at once.
  • Although many will commemorate the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers or, International Workers' Day, or May Day today, I'm avoiding any contact with work today and so will celebrateThe font that makes the movie 's birthday instead.
  • The Padanaram Bridge is back on Summer Hours, so it's Summer as far as I'm concerned and that means replacing the storm windows with the eighty-year-old screen windows. The bridge, however, will open on the hour and half-hour from 5 to 9 a.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., and on the hour from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This schedule will remain in effect through Oct. 31.
  • The windows will open when required.
  • Although I find most of the SouthCoast's youngsters' interest in old-timey "Americana" music insincere, ironical, and cliquey, I'll bne enjoying The Whaling Country Showcase again tonight at the First Unitarian in New Bedford, in the space that maybe eight people in the audience will remember as Tryworks Coffee House.
  • Although most of the hipsters present tonight will think of the Tryworks Coffee House as some old hippie hangout, I'll remember the nights not that long ago (they shut down in 2002) when Tryworks was merely the first stop on a night in New Bedford with musician friends.
  • Speaking of musician friends, tonight's show celebrates The Jethros "Love is Everything" CD release party, with other acts Wendy and the Lost Boys, Brown Bird, Mudbone Collective, and Showcase organizers Jeff and Benares. At 8 on 8th Street.
  • I sometimes wonder why I don't "just publish." And when I hear about local author LM Owens (who penned something called Darius, Prince of Legnd), I wonder even harder. According to a mailer from the publisher that was reprinted on SouthCoast Today:
    Now, Darius, the young protagonist in a make-believe land of dragons, wizards and kings, is back in a new adventure, Owens said. "He's a year older; hediscovers that he is a descendant of a wizard."
  • Which is fine with me, although I admit that I'm about forty years past that sort of crap. But I have reservations about her admitting that she "was encouraged by family and through prayer to share her gift."
  • Since I've always been under the impression that prayer and wizards don't mix. What with all the "thou shalt not suffer a witch to live Exodus 22:18" stuff that most folk are encouraged by prayer to point out.
  • Over on facebook, there's a brand new spasm -- soon to be replaced by another ill-conceived short-attention span mockery -- which turns movie-watching into a competitive sport. Specious and trivial details of a film are the answers to random and contextless questions which, when tabulated by some vague computer arrangement, awards you bragging rights over the rest of your DVD-addicted pals. And they publish your results for everyone to see. I took one and scored a 57.
  • I'm hoping that it's 57 out of 60, because there's no justifiable reason for me to score a 57% on a Holy Grail quiz. Ever.
  • So, for the folks who know all the words, and the witches and wizards and prayerful folk who scored better than I, I present...


4 comments:

steve said...

Maybe I can't call it Mexican influenza, but I still enjoy listening to Jorge Ramos at Univision refer to it as Ache-Uno Ene-Uno (H1NI).

ThirdMate said...

Is that "ache" or "aitch"? Oh that Jorge.

steve said...

You know, it's that Italian/Spanish vowel pronunciation: Ah-chay Uno Eh-nay Uno (H1N1). Repete conmigo!

ThirdMate said...

At first blush, that appeared Pig Latin. Durned furrinners. I mean ¡Gracias, compadre!