Saturday, June 07, 2008

Intercooler 'Old School Is The New School'

I hear that the weather today was pretty hot… I don’t know the entire truth about today’s sweltering heat because I haven’t really ventured outside too many times. I went out to the mailbox twice and made a trip down to “the lab”… That’s where I keep the bulk of my compacts disc… I managed not to break a sweat today.

As a matter of fact… I decided to take “J’s” advice and follow the Gilmore Girls influence.

I’m enjoying a huge tumbler full of iced coffee right now!

Don’t you love my Budweiser tumbler?

That joker has been on this planet longer than any of my nieces or nephews. I got it for Christmas one year and it has managed to stick around longer than my camouflage tumbler. I have no idea where that mofo is… Maybe in my storage building.

I’m not sure I completely like the idea of drinking coffee when it’s hot. It seems wrong… Like standing in line to see a Disney film. Damn the influence of the Gilmore Girls!

--I’m getting over my motorcycle learner’s permit failure. After all, I’m very consistent when it comes to learner’s permits. When I was 15, I failed the exam for a learner’s permit.

Like this past week… I studied. Yes, I studied the handbook and I aced all the sample questions.

I don’t know if I just got whacky nervous or what… Oh well, I’ll give it another shot this week.

I was just hoping to be tooling around my neighborhood on my new scooter this weekend. I wanted to get real familiar with it before hitting the mean streets of Greensboro. I even had the fantasy of jumping a couple of school buses at the county fairgrounds.

--I watched No Country For Old Men this morning and I LOVED it!

I should’ve went to the theaters to see that one… Oh well. The damn flick was great! I think I may have liked it more than Blood Simple.

I didn’t really understand the ending… And strangely, that made me like it even more!

--Now that I’ve finished season 2 of Gilmore Girls, I’m ready to jump onto season 1 of The Untouchables.

Since I was a kid, I have been intrigued with this show from the late 50’s and early 60’s. And I have NEVER seen a single episode of this show. As far as I know, The Untouchables never ran in syndication since my early fascination began. At least, not in syndication where I could watch it.

How did I find out about this television show?

Green Acres.

Lisa Douglas (Eva Gabor) was always talking about Frank Nitty on Green Acres. She and Eb Dawson would chat and chat about the show until Oliver Douglas “blew his top”. I had no idea there was a television show called The Untouchables before they made it into a movie. I thought it was just something made up or an inside joke with the Green Acres scriptwriters.

So imagine my surprise when I found out Frank Nitty was a real person! And the show mentioned on Green Acres really existed!

But then again, the character of Fred Ziffle was always talking about watching real television shows… Like The Beverly Hillbillies and Gomer Pyle.

I can’t wait to get started.


  1. Anonymous4:20 PM

    We just watched No Country for Old Men this week. We really enjoyed it, but I need to watch it again, because it definitely left you with a WTF? feeling at the end. Of course, it is the Coen brothers...

    Did you take the community college motorcycle course? We are thinking of attending one of those classes and getting our licenses. I want to get a scooter to ride to work, and hubby wants a Harley. (It doesn't help that my brother-in-law rode down on his motorcycle this morning).

    Yesterday was hotter than hell. We had a 9:00 am baseball game, and I'm eternally thankful that we didn't play at 2:00 pm.

  2. No Country.. is an amazing film. I'm a huge fan of Cormac McCarthy, the author of the novel the film is adapted from, and even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, I was held in suspense the entire time. It was thrilling. I also can't recommend the book (and most all of McCarthy's oeuvre) highly enough.

  3. What's up with the ending of No Country For Old Men?

    I was kind of pulling for Josh Brolin's character. But I was delighted to find out that money got the best of him... I like the darker European types of endings


    The book doesn't pull punches - the character played by Woody Harrelson barely feels introduced before he gets offed in the book. That one really got me - as did Chigurh coming for Brolin's wife.

    My girlfriend thought the ending would've been more appropriate if Chigurh died in the car accident, making the whole world seem even more random and callous, but somehow more just. Instead, we get the world as a place where the cruel and merciless survive.

    If you liked it, you should read The Road, which has already been optioned for a movie, due out in November, directed by John Hillcoat who also directed the Nick Cave-penned The Proposition which is ridiculously good.

    Plus Ridley Scott is doing McCarthy's Blood Meridian. It's an exciting time to be a McCarthy reader.

  5. Looks like I'll be going to the library soon!