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i find many things interesting


Some people are defined by their interests. Some have little time for them. Some have very few. Some have so many I wonder how they have time to keep up. Whatever, from those interests, I think you can tell a lot about many people's view of the world, their entanglements, their willingness to give of themselves, their joy, and how they relate to others.

Sometimes I get frustrated with people around me because there seems to be no real connection and I tend to blame myself. I know I'm out of step with most everyone around me. I'd probably be unhappy if I weren't, but I can still step into a different pair of shoes occasionally. I'd imagine most people feel the same way based on how they speak and how they act, not around me, but around others. I do try to learn who they are and where they come from, although the feeling is not always mutual. I think most of us only wish to reveal what we want others to think about us ... not know. That's okay. I keep my distance.

Of course, I'm so out of step I realize I could be wrong, and probably am, but rationalizing this way certainly makes one feel a little better ... especially when looking from the outside. Of course, being inside might give you a different perspective and perhaps opinion, and so I still find people interesting and wish I could discover more about them. I don't fear wearing myself thin, although I know for some people, with all the requirements around them, that that is an absolute reality. Once we become fairly comfortable in our pace, we tend not to grab for too much more, especially when it takes away from our available energy sources. Although we're so much the same in many ways, good and bad, I still learn a lot from people, and I get a kick out of seeing what makes people keep going on.

Anyway, here are about 20 from the list of interests in my profile that you yourself may or may not be interested in. You can even go to my user page and pick another if you wish. If you are, ask me one or two or more questions about any or all of them and I will try to give you some interesting answers. I may ask about one of yours in return so bear with me. I'm sorry. I've always been curious ... but never prying and certainly not intentionally harmful.

It's okay if you don't ask too, so don't force yourself. The main point of this post is expressing my understanding that sometimes we don't really have the time or the interest for such exploration, especially with people who are basically words flashing across a moniter screen. I was just wondering if there was someone who was really curious, not necessarily in a personal way, but in a human way. So don't push yourself for me. You know I can get long-winded, and I'd hate to write a lengthy reply for a courtesy question that wouldn't really get read. Anyway, here's the short sample of my interests:

alice's adventures in wonderland
andy kaufman
bettie page
carol haney
charlie brown
cult movies
dashiel hammett
film noir
jack benny
jimmy stewart
katharine hepburn
lulu and tubby
old time radio
our gang
raymond chandler
sissy spacek
the red balloon


You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.




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Jan. 9th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Cult movies - please do go on! ^_^ What would you say is your favorite, since we're on the subject???
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
First let me define what "I" mean by cult Movies.

I refer to movies that have that certain something that makes them watchable years after their release, often becoming better as time goes on, their followers more and more passionate about them.

The Bride of Frankenstein, for example, is a cult movie whereas The Son of Frankenstein is not. The same goes for Dracula's Daughter, It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Badlands, The Producers, Pink Flamingos, Singing in the Rain, Miracle on 34th Street, Touch of Evil, Dr. Strangelove, and so on.

Not everyone will like every other person's choice or even definition but, generally, you know them when you see them.

If I had to pick only one (HORRORS), it would have to be Harvey because I identified with the character of Elwood P. Dowd so much as a child (Elwood Dowd = ED) and also had an imaginary friend when very little. Intellectually, I know this is only a fairy tale, but to me, the ultimate fairy tale because it is told in the black-and-white world of everyday life with no special effects or obvious magic and yet it examines the purpose and process of life and human nature in a way no other story I know can.

I am always amazed when I hear of someone who hasn't seen it (younger people aside who simply WILL NOT watch a black-and-white movie) and wonder if they might be a little different if they had - especially at an impressionable age. I would have loved to see Jimmy Stewart perform this live. He was flawless in the film as was every single actor and the screenplay (from the stage play) a total delight.

Thanks for the question April.
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
The Red Balloon -- I assume you mean that short French film? We watched it when I was taking a French class in college & I loved it! We also saw a sort of sequel to it -- Voyage en ballon I think it was called (I'm too lazy at the moment to look it up).

What are some of your favorite cult movies?
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, The Red Balloon, like Harvey (see above comment to April) was a film I totally identified with as a child when I saw it. I sometimes still feel like the little boy with my red Balloon, being fussed at, told no, no no ... you can't do that, you must act this way, we don't want you in this part of town, etc. Most of my best friends are in my own mind, or are at least the most likely to stop by occasionally and say hello.

My list, based on my short definition to April, would understandably be very long. In addition to the ones I mentioned, some of the more famous and more obscure ones I'd list would be:

Freaks, The Thing, A Star Is Born, The Gods Must Be Crazy, A Hard Day's Night, The Maltese Falcon, Pretty Poison, Targets, The World's Greatest Sinner (sadly no longer in print), Rock 'n Roll High School, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Enter the Dragon, Psycho, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Blue Velvet, Detour ... well, you get the picture.

What's your "short" list?
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
My short list of cult movies? Harold and Maude, Night of the Living Dead, all the Monty Python movies, A Clockwork Orange, Eraserhead, Repo Man, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension and Mystery Men to name a few.
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'd certainly include those too although some I've only heard about. I find the ones I have are infinitely better on the "big screen" however. I loved Harold and Maude, for example, but find it doesn't translate very well to the TV screen. I wish I had my own movie theater. One day.
Jan. 9th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
What would you call your movie theater?

Jan. 9th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
That's very clever ... although if I had to list it in the Yellow Pages it might be a little cumbersome and no one would ever spell it right ever.

Maybe a more succinct spelling would be:

The metaphorsBIwiJOU

although that would be a tough one too.

P.S. BTW, do you know the code to add color to letters in LJ, or where to find it?
Jan. 9th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I like metaphorsBIwiJOU!

Here's the info on adding color to letters. etc.:

Jan. 9th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)

Here's a long list of HTML color codes:


Is there a list on LJ already?
Jan. 9th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks again. Sometimes when I do searches for topics on LJ I go on journeys I'd rather not go on and wind up in places I'd rather not be. I did finally find this by entering "color code" so at least that was easy.
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Well, I have found that their FAQ section is not the easiest to navigate.
Jan. 10th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
That's a FAQ, JAQ!
Jan. 10th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Mine if I chime in
Ahhhhhhh you have been channeling my thoughts Mr. Ed. Mind you, they were not thoughts about you, rather they are thought about the vast majority of the people I have known over my life. I went through a brief period of about 4 years where I had a small handful of what I can only call kindred spirits; but that was doomed to end in time, and pretty much did. I have had a constant issue in my life with the people I got close to leaving. E has been the MOST consistent person in my life for eighteen years. I think I will have to hold on to her. The rest of my friends and even much of my family have been social transients. Over time I find that I have little in common with nearly everyone. In that respect I have often made the mistake of NOT keeping my distance . . . and paid for it.

I go through my daily existence believing . . . no . . . absolutely certain (!) that I am , in fact, a pain in the posterior of most of those around me. I am almost obsessive about putting myself out in an attempt NOT to be a problem for others. I often think I fail here, but I guess that is to be expected when one obsesses on this. If you do not try you are a pain; if you do you become one - right? At any rate I feel constantly like I have worn my welcome and often look for an escape route - if not to use it, at least to keep it in mind of needed.

Me? In general I find people fascinating . . . horrifying . . . endearing . . . and completely mystifying. I think I find them much more interesting then they find me. This has a lot to do with why I had an artistic collapse many years ago. I nearly completely stopped writing and shooting photography in the interim. It put me in a terribly foul mood that lasted years and made it hard to be around me . . . even for myself. I am slowing working my way out of the funk, but it has been hard.

Of your 20 I share several
alice's adventures in wonderland - in idle curiosity
andy kaufman - fascinating
b-movies - heh heh heh only with the right company
bettie page - naturally!
carol haney - not a clue
charlie brown - I have always been a Linus fan
clouds - Fascinated with them
cult movies - see b-movies
dashiel hammett - GREAT but I have to admit I have only seen movies of his stuff
einstein - a great personal idol
film noir - My number one movie obsession !!!
hitchcock - another of my favorites
jack benny - not too familiar with, but appreciate it.
jimmy stewart - What a guy . . . Only Bogart ranks higher on my list of actors
katharine hepburn - I prefer Audrey, but both are fantastic
lulu and tubby - not personally acquainted
old time radio - I grew up listening to them with my dad. My favorites . . . Your's truly Johnny Dollar and The Shadow
our gang - they're ok
pookas - not a clue
raymond chandler - nope, not rining a bell
redheads - heh heh heh . . . never dated a redhead. Preferred brunettes
relativity - always . . . PERSPECTIVE also
sissy spacek - She's ok.
the red balloon - ???
writing - an obsession of mine, no matter how badly I do it.
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Mine if I chime in
Favorite Film Noir?
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Mine if I chime in
Out of the Past with Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer.
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Mine if I chime in
Wow !!!

I don't know that one...!

I will have to look for it.
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Mine if I chime in
It is, in my opinion, one of the ultimate film noirs. A lot of what is categorized as film noir simply has the window dressing darkness and shadow and crime thing. This is true film noir because it is embodied in the characters too, and it is in the darkness of the themes that I personally define a film, along with the look and feel, as film noir. Mitchum was great because he HATED acting, thought it was a big rip-off, and his character, I think, fed off that. *LOL*
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Mine if I chime in
I'll have to save a longer reply for later when I have more time to digest your insightful comments. Just a few notes though:

Carol Haney was primarily a broadway dancer/choreographer and a wonderful comedic actress whom I adore.

Dashiel Hammitt wrote scenes no one before him could have imagined in a way no one had written before.

I have hundreds of Jack Benny radio shows. He made a career about being the butt of the joke, never trying to be funny himself, always letting his cast shine ... much like Johnny Carson (who loved him too) did with his guests. He was a true, one of a kind, comedic genius who would argue with his writers about the use of a single word. A great ad libber too who obviously loved having fun with his cast and had impeccable timing.

I thought Katharine Hepburn was scrawny and ugly and push as a kid and now I love absolutely her.

Little Lulu was one of my favorite comic books. Great stuff. I wanted friends like that.

Very familiar with Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

A Pooka is a mythical spirit/fairy/entity, playful like me.

Raymond Chandler? My favorite writer ... from whom my username comes. Think The Big Sleep, another film noir must see.

The Red Balloon was a wonderful French short film I totally identified with as a child.
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
The Big Sleep with Bogart is one of my all time favorites I have a copy. It's Wonderful!

Screenplay by William Faulkner !!!

Jan. 9th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
And one of the most confusing and tangled films I've ever seen, which is part of the charm along with a great cast, cinematography, and direction. Part of that is because of censorship. The book by Chandler is more explicit, of course, and the crime element involves a porography ring, although it's only hinted at in the film. Reading Chandler is a total delight and you only have to read a paragraph or towo to recognize tht it's art.
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
As I get older, I am becoming more shy and reserved. I am also having a difficult time connecting with most people, and to be honest, I have very few of my own real-time friends that I actually hang out with or call. I am also estranged from my own parents at the moment, for reasons that I am not sure of. All I know is that they stopped calling and emailing me, and do not know what to say to me if I call or email.

LJ is one of the few places where I can connect with people, because people tend to be more candid here and don't put on any fronts.

I like when you post about the food you cook, and when you recite your song lyrics and poetry. I don't always have something to post in response, but I like that you're here on this planet being you. :)
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Those are nice compliments and I appreciate them.

You know, although I still have my problems with people too, people generally are attracted to me and like me. I am a shy person but curious and I think most of these people like me because they don't have people who listen to them very much and I do. Unfortunately, I have found that I can go only so far with most people and so I have few close friends.

Shyness? I know the reason for it in most cases, and I always think of a cartoon I saw many years ago and which I probably have somewhere. A young man is lying on a psychiatrist's couch and the psychiatrist says, "I think I know your problem. Too much awareness." That's me. In fact, most shy people imagine themselves to be the center of everything, that everyone is hanging onto every word, checking them out up and down.

The truth is nobody really listens to what you say half the time or more, and could care less what you look like (past high school). So relax. I'm still shy ... I just pretend I'm not and let other people talk about themselves. Sometimes they're surprised to find out things about me later that I don't tell them right off the back. I don't not do it intentionally, I just let them run on, picking my spots to keep the conversation going. You've just got to cut them some slack ... at least as much as you do yourself. I can generally find something good to focus on with anyone I meet.

I think I'll do a post and put up all the poems (I can locate) from 2006 in case anyone is interested. Ha ha! Well, there may actually be three or four out there who might be.
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