And how are you? Good, good. Me? Can’t complain.
Oh, let’s stop the charade, shall we? Yes, I’ve lost track of the times that I reached for the keyboard, only relying on will power to stop myself from posting, knowing that this way madness lies.
Actually, I’ve accomplished a fair amount of writing, although it’s bizarre after all these years of immediate regurgitation. It’s strange to write something somebody else won’t be reading next week at Burger King or Starbuck’s or sitting on their back deck, watching the whales. Much less the zippity-do-dah of blogging. But I’m getting stuff done, a new book, and with any luck and hard work and some subprime financing, it’ll be available for hot little hands by the end of the summer or early fall. Way totally in time for Christmas.
In other news, some Arctic air parked over our neck of the woods this past week, bringing morally suspect snow (i.e., it was fun and we suffered no consequences), at least to my elevation. Julie came back from Boston and started a new quarter of teaching. I have mowed the lawn now three times since February. John is doing better than he was. Nobody is dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, in other words.
And I myself head for Boston late next month, where I not only get to visit with Beth and Cameron and see the sights, but I hook up with long-time Internet friend Liz(ardek) and long-time Internet friend’s mom, Lizardmom. Looking forward, as always.
In the meantime, I continue my long walks and late nights, during which I sometimes do strange things. I’ve watched every episode of “The Office” and the whole second season of “Weeds,” for example, between the hours of 2 and 4 a.m. the past few weekends.
And I had this idea. It was a blog idea, back when I was blogging, sticking with the theme of turning 50 and the joy of having a new computer. I decided at first to make a list of movies, one chosen from every year of my life, but then I rethinked that. Why not take advantage of a better processor, etc., and, you know. Make a montage.
So I did.
It was a game, first of all. The rules involved mostly spontaneity and speed. I had to look over the list of movies from any given year quickly, find the one that jumped out at me, and go with that. Then I had to be able to find a clip on YouTube within five minutes or so. The scene didn’t matter, since with 50 films I wasn’t planning on more than a few seconds each anyway, although I got some classics along the way.
Several times a week I did this, 20 minutes or so at a shot, and last night I finished. So now you get to watch.
And you’d better watch.
First, though, an apologia. THESE ARE NOT MY TOP 50 FILMS OF ALL TIME. Far from it. Some of them I will never see again and that will be too soon. Although some ARE all-time favorites. What they have in common, though, are memories. I remember each of them — seeing them, thinking about them, talking about them. I have affection for most, and sentimentality plays a big part. Some were date movies, for example. Some I watched during interesting times of my life. Some just represented an era.
Some, of course, I didn’t see for years after they were released, but that’s allowed in my game.
And I realized I could make this all over again and choose 50 different films. I like movies.
Since all of them were snatched from YouTube and have now since undergone several digital iterations, the quality is questionable but it’s the thought that counts. So here we go, loyal readers. Fifty films between 1958 and 2007 (inclusive). It goes pretty fast.
(Changed to a link.)