Fisherman’s Blue from one of my favorites albums by The Waterboys
One Movie: anything touched or directed by Martin Scorsese -
The Last Temptation of Christ would be my choice.
Its a faithful adaptation, a great cast and score,
of one my favorite novels by Nikos Kazantzakis
“When a true genius appears in the world,
you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are
all in confederacy against him."
With out a doubt John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces.
I can pick up this book at any chapter and start reading.
Ignatius J. Reilly is one of my favorite fictional literary characters
next to John Irving’s Owen Meany.
I had been carrying Aneta’s engagement ring in my pocket
for about three months waiting for the right moment to pop
the question. Every time the moment came close Aneta would
invariably do or say something to irk me. Finally in Śnieżka,
which is the highest mountain range, (1602m above the sea level)
at the Polish-Czech border, I popped the question. I knew she’d be
too tired from the trek up to blow it. I had decided about 15 minutes
before this photo was taken and I forntunate enough to have Aneta’s
friend capture the “right” moment.
An asado of skirt steak grilled on the parajilla,
a tomato salad, papas fritas well done and a bottle of
Malbec (Catena, Punto Final or La Posta) followed up with
an espresso and a chocolate dessert or fruit tart with
homemade vanilla ice-cream.
Our last summer vacation spent with our mother.
The whole family spent eight weeks in Europe, two weeks of
it in at the villa Le Capanne di Sopra in Montefollonico (Montepulciano),
Italy. My aunts came in from Argentina. It was truly a beautiful holiday
and experience. My mother passed six months later on New Year’s eve 1999 at
the early age of 54 but left us with a lifetime of memories packed in
that last year.
My Wife Aneta ( uh-net-tah ) formerly Aneta Zarcharczuk.
When I met Aneta thirteen years ago she had just emigrated
from Poland. She was ten years less my thirty and could barely
speak English. It has not always been an easy journey but one
I have been blessed to take. Unknowingly, She has been a great teacher.
She is my “best friend with privileges”
Ship sinking: washed ashore, 10 items;
Rules: Just post your name underneath. Prepare your script. Do not post it. I will randomly pick someone.
Sunday evening at 9pm Chicago time I will announce the person. You post your script on Monday with all the blanks filled in. From any replies, you then pick out of personal choice who you would like to read about. Your choice. Then, keep the ball rolling . The recipient picks. One a week, every Monday. Lets see whats in your mind.
Thanks for playing guys
6. Issing-San (Martin)
8. Marc (Cap)
Studio City, CA
Refresh, refresh, refresh........
I am especially thankful and glad that you got to spend 2 great weeks with your mom before she passed. Those moments, you can not buy back.. and those beautiful memories will stay with you forever and ever. Great stuff!
I woke my wife up at night cause I was laughing out loud while reading "A Confederacy of Dunces".
It is also special to me becasue it is set in New Orleans and is written by a native son. I am from south Louisiana.
The backstory is also worth mentioning---the writer commited suicide years before this book (his only novel) was published. His mother found the manuscript after his death and begged a Tulane professor to read it and help her get it published...it was subsequently published and won the Pulitzer Prize.
Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
--Winston Churchill, 1941