March 18, 2009


I didn't go drinking last night so the Empire Strikes Back viewing party commenced. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have been for several years. I have boxes full of toys, and once went to a convention where I met the guy who played Darth Vader. Not James Earl Jones, but David Prowse, who was cast based on his physique and nothing more.

That's him looking really dumb. That's me wanting the picture to be taken so I can get out of there.

As a huge fan, it's tough to watch one of the films with someone who has never seen it before because you want them to pay attention all the time and you keep looking at them to make sure they're enjoying it. Ever seen that episode of How I Met Your Mother when those two guys want that girl from Scrubs to watch Star Wars? That's a fairly accurate, albeit over the top depiction of what it's like. So I was kind of stressed.

In the end Liv gave a unenthusiastic thumbs up, noting, "it was way better than the first one". She should have said "4 stars!" because Empire Strikes Back is the greatest film in history. It could be classified as a drama, a sci fi epic, a comedy, an action movie, a blaxploitation film, a buddy picture, a romance and simply as a piece of art. But that's just me.

How about that thing with AIG that's going on? I know there's probably more to it, but doesn't it make you so mad that you want to get up and run down the street punching everything you see, screaming "what's going on!!" and flailing your arms and running into a store and stealing all their gum? These AIG guys and that guy Madoff are the worst guys. How much money do you need? I probably make as much as they do in like a few days and I'm fairly content. They should be sentenced to something. Like they have to take a course on how to be a nice guy and they have to live as a homeless person for a year and be visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Or better yet, they should just drop those guys off in the middle of a hard workin' town and the town can do whatever they want to them. Like teach them how to be content with not a lot of money, or simply beat the shit out of them. It's up to the town. Maybe they'll fall in love with the town just like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. That's it! We'lll Groundhog Day them. But we'll have to find a shitty day. I guess the day where they don't get their million dollar bonuses. I'm ramblin' here. It's time to sum it all up:

Two nights ago I finished reading Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" and there's this great part where this guy Doc goes:

It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

I think that sums up why I never saw business or law or accounting or anything like that as being an avenue I'd like to pursue. Real Estate too. A lot of dick heads in real estate I'm sure. You have to be a dick head. They're not all dick heads I guess, but even the non dick heads have to be dick heads to the dick heads, otherwise they'd go nowhere. That's a real good spot to leave on. Now you're thinking about all sorts of things I hope. Do you have a song in your head yet today? How about "Constant Craving", get that in your head. We'll all do it and by the end of the day the whole city will be singing it in the street!


highwaisted said...

I've been told i look like KD lang on a more then regular basis. im not sure whether to think thats funny or just horrible.

i cant believe liv didn't dig the movie.

highwaisted said...

also im sorry you MET the guy that played darth vader? can i have YOUR autograph?

Duke of Spook said...

For sure! Just send me a self addressed stamped envelope

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