Saturday, January 03, 2009
This show would be The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo (right) is the man of the title, Ilya Kuraykin is a fellow top agent, and they use karate, guns and wicked humor to save the world from Godless Communist spies. (I don't know what episode/"affair" this still is from, but something serious must have just happened for the sartorially splendid Napoleon to be wearing such a damaged suit.)
U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Their offices were beneath (or behind?) Del Florio's tailor shop in New York. Their arch enemies were the evil agents of THRUSH. I remember it so well from my girlhood. Happy to see it back again.
1. What do you believe happens when we die? We all go to Heaven.
2. Do you consider yourself religious? I prefer "spiritual."
3. Do you believe in ghosts? No.
4. Do you believe that people live on other planets? Logically, yes. I mean, isn't it arrogant to believe we are the only intelligent life in the universe? But emotionally, no.
5. Have you ever seen something abnormal? "Abnormal?" God, yes! Why just this week I flew from Miami to Key West with a woman who wore a permanent black eye patch, bragged about the new Tiffany tennis bracelet she was wearing, and carried a purse that was filled with nothing but Marlboro Lights. But "supernatural?" No.
6. Do you believe in reincarnation? No.
7. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? No.
8. Is there a person living or dead that influences your philosophies? Jesus.
9. Is there a work of fiction that closely matches your spiritual beliefs? No. Maybe the The Bible, in that I believe in its truth emotionally but not on a literal level.
Want to play along? Saturday 9: Dying to Know
Reflections on my trip ...
• I flew down with John Cusack. He's better looking in person but seems to be losing his battle with male pattern baldness
• The weather was perfect. Between 75º and 80º, slight breeze, sunny.
• My friend hugged me more often than usual. He knows how scared I am about what's about to happen at work and was trying to comfort me.
• I visited a new museum! I thought that after more than 10 trips, I had seen just about all Key West had to offer. WRONG! Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum has been on the island for years, but it was new to me. Treasures of retrieved from shipwrecks like the Atocha are on display. I was stunned by the 78-karat uncut emerald. Gorgeous!