Happy Saturday morning all:

Weekly wisdom:

“The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the whole universe will get busted.”  Hushpuppy, “Beasts of the Southern Wild

Last night at the movies I had a Café Latte. Went to sleep just fine, than woke up before five. Does Latte work in reverse of regular coffee?

Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub – You’re reading the ramblings of someone who catches a movie, at best, once in a blue moon. Now its 2013 and Marcia and I have seen two movies which found us talking and talking.

So much mediocrity comes out of Hollywood and then, look hard enough, and you’ll find that there are some serious gems. Last evening both of us thoroughly enjoyed Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Part of what I found enjoyable was seeing the power of a film shot in 16mm and seeing on the big screen. The combination of graininess and lack of ‘doctoring’ seen so often with today’s digital fare was really refreshing. I’m not pushing you out the door to see this one, but won’t stop you from doing so.

Elementary – Apparently this post has evolved into an entertainment piece; sorry. Moving on; I have recently added a couple of shows to my TV watching fare. High on the list is the updated Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson show titled Elementary, now set in New York.

Yet, it’s not the same as watching the grainy old black and white Basil Rathbone interpretations with Nigel Bruce as his side-kick, Doctor Watson; basically because these followed more closely the read, and reread, stories as found in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.

Also, having spent a little time in London, where, on occasion, I found myself traipsing around about twilight time often with a little drizzle falling (twilight there seemed to last from 3:00pm till about 9). Any walk in London, especially in places like Regent’s Park, finds a person moving through alleys filled with shadows, and no matter how busy it always appeared as if you were alone and isolated. These walks took me straight back to Dickens and Conan Doyle. The frenetic setting of New York misses out on that front.

Maybe, if I stick with Elementary I’ll get more in tune with how I see Holmes. Though, I doubt if I’ll ever see Lucy Liu in the same light as Nigel Bruce.

Arts weekend – Continuing the ‘entertainment’ theme; I need to mention this weekend. Every year (at least for the past 10) Macy’s underwrites the Cincinnati Arts Sampler. Today marks the beginning of three weekends (February 9, March 2nd, and April 13th) where literally dozens of events take place, city wide.

All day long an array of venues will be filled with laughter as activities such as Folk and Morris dances, Cajun Music, Puppet theater, Ballet, Drama, Choruses, Jazz, Steel Drums, Origami, Russian Music, Irish Fairy Tales, Drawing, Hands-on String Instruments, and loads more take place.

I suspect you are beginning to figure it all out. Sure, no secret here, I am hard a work trying to see what all can be packed into the day. And, since much of the fun is skewed towards kids, trying to see which they’d like to explore. Now I best get busy; not enough hours in the day!

Fini – Now, make it a great week and stay safe. This week it was a Happy Birthday shout-out to B-i-L David Z.

Cheers,
Dirk
From the Archives
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Morning all:
Quote Of The Week:
“It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This week was filled with too many waking hours and too few for sleep, too many temperature changes and some time-zone changes. The net result is that I am managing a glorious head cold complete with shot vocal chords. Therefore I should be drinking tea with some lemon and honey; nevertheless it is my trusty mug of java next to me.

I flew out of Indianapolis about the time that the Super Bowl had its kick-off (Indy since Cincinnati – for the second year in a row – is the costliest airport in the nation thanks to the absolute Delta Airlines dominance). In fact, since my travel was fairly last minute Delta wanted $1,000 for travel to Salt Lake City, Southwest did it for $219. Anyway, due to the Super Bowl this normally full flight had about 30 people in it. The woman across the aisle from me was a die-heart Colts fan who was determined to avoid any and all reference to the status or outcome of the game since her Tivo system was recording the whole spectacle. Fifteen minutes into the game the Captain came on the air to announce that the Bears had scored; so much for her efforts.

While I was underway at the annual Bowl party Marcia, Adrianne, and Tevita were doling out the Dutch ‘Bitter Ballen’ I had made early that morning. These were a major hit I was told later.

Thursday evening’s session-two of my Citizen on Patrol training was amazing. We spent almost two hours each on ‘Gangs’ and ‘Illegal Drug Use’. Both instructors were seasoned members of the Cincinnati Police Force, specialists on their subject material, and dynamic presenters. It became quite an eye opener learning how to spot gang activity from that of just some kids loitering on a street corner. Methods on how to address gang activity and at the same time stay out of harms way were discussed. Cincinnati is light on gang activity. Cincinnati has 69 known gangs.

Back in the ‘60’s the Marijuana we played with (smoked but not inhaled) had a THC (the major active chemical) level of 7%, the stuff being distributed today has a THC level of 25% and up to 35%. It is a substantially different drug from that of a few years ago.

From an inventoried locked box was spread out on a table in front of the class all sorts of drug paraphernalia and the actual “stuff”. From Ecstasy, Meth, Heroin, to Crack and Cocaine, we got to see in detail what to watch out for, and how it looks. How it is packaged and distributed. What ‘bits and pieces’ are discarded and easily spotted when walking the neighborhood. For me it was an eye opener.

If my pre-class perception about the training I’d be exposed to would focus mostly on shin splint prevention and the like I was grossly mistaken.

Make it a great week everyone: remember, if you are like me then you are probably much like Johnny Carson: “I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.”

Cheers,
Dirk

One Response to “Keep the Entertainment coming”
  1. Pieter Says:

    I love those artsy events and it sounds like you have three weeks of entertainment to absorb and then of course blog about.
    Cheers