Sunday, March 20, 2011

Movie Monday -- All About Food

Share on your blog movies that are about growing, cooking, serving, eating or any other function of food, linking back here at the Bumbles.

I concentrated on food served during movie date nights ...

Lady and Tramp. Has there ever been a more romantic spaghetti dinner?

Psycho. Perhaps the least roma
ntic movie meal ever -- Marion's last meal is a sandwich with Norman in the Bates Motel. When you know what's coming, it's a very creepy scene. Here's a woman whose last name is Crane eating a chicken sandwich while sitting beneath taxidermist Norman's stuffed birds. Think wily old Hitchcock is doing a little foreshadowing here?

Jerry Maguire. Couch-jumping antics aside, Tom Cruise can be a compelling screen presence. I love the scene in Jerry Maguire, early on, when he's trying to have a real conversation with the very-willing-to-be-wooed Dorothy, despite the mariachis.

The Jerk. I love Steve Martin handling the waiter at the French restaurant. First he wants "fresh wine," from this year, none of t
his old, vintage stuff. Then he freaks out because there are snails on his date's plate! But he's onto the condescending waiter: "He doesn't realize he's dealing with sophisticated people here."

Sunday Stealing

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Who are you? I woke up in a Soho doorway, a policeman knew my name ...

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you? I love the Beatles, I bleed Cubbie blue, and I'm a registered Democrat.

3. When you aren't memes like this one what are you doing? Reading, watching TV, yapping on the phone, petting a cat ...

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time). English, Social Studies, Art, Science, Music, Math, Gym

5. What is your biggest goal for this year? To get my finances and weight under control. As Dean Wormer said, "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life."

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Right here on this couch. Though I hope by then I'll have it reupholstered.

7. What stage of life are you in right now? Like most Baby Boomers, I'm in denial.

8. Are you more child-like or childish? Childish

9. What is the last thing you said out loud? "Bye."

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now? I get frustrated when people care so much more about others in far away places than they do for their neighbors, who are suffering, too.

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes? Nope

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same? Yes. I mean, life is pretty fluid. I have felt each of these ways at one point or another.

13. Does time really heal all wounds? Yes. And, as Groucho said, it also wounds all heels.

14. How do you handle a rainy day? I grab an umbrella.

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights? Losing my luggage! Definitely!

16. How is (or was) your relationship with your parents? My mom and I have always been pretty close. My dad and I always had a hard time with one another.

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you? Sure. I mean, if I wasn't, would I even know I wasn't?

18. What is the truest thing that you know? That it's always my life, and ultimately it's up to me to make it what I want it to be.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up? A great singer. Unfortunately, I'm completely tone deaf.

20. Have you ever been given a second chance? I'm sure I have, but nothing specific comes to mind.

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker? I try to be more of a giver. I don't know how successful I am.

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind? I try to.

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you? My uterine fibroid embolization. Want to hear about it? I didn't think so.

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you? There have been break ups that broke my heart.

25. Who have you hugged today? My cat Joey.

She's at it again

My oldest friend's Ohio friend is a hostile nut. I would detail some of the sturm und drang, but you wouldn't believe it. I've been there every step of the way and sometimes even I don't believe what happened. There's been online bullying and retribution and lies and secrets and literally thousands of dollars (money my friend could ill afford) that was supposed to cover their mutual friend's rent but actually went for an transatlantic plane ticket and holiday. It was awful. My oldest friend assures me she's out of this woman's thrall, but with all the problems my oldest friend has had lately, I can't afford to trust it. So I have been checking this woman's Facebook page and blog. I am protective of my fragile oldest friend and I want to make sure that all that crap truly is in the past.

This Ohio woman hates President Obama and speaks about him in the most disrespectful ways.
Today she went off on "Obamarama" and called him "a puppet" and likened Gaddafi to "Saddam Barack Hussein."

I appreciate that there are other opinions out there, and I respect them when they are based in fact and ideology. That's what makes this country great. BUT this woman's problems with Obama stem from her crazy "birther" sentiments. She's called him "the Kenyan" and has likened him to Hitler.

I suspect that this woman isn't mad at Obama at all, but feels powerless in other areas of her life. He's just a convenient target for her rage. I think that's the same motivation for all the dust she kicks up in her online community.

But just as she's oblivious to the pain (and expense) she caused my oldest friend in the past, I don't think she gets how inappropriate her online attacks on the President are ... from a teacher. She doesn't have privacy settings on either her blog or her Facebook page, and she posts this crap under her own name and beside her own photo. I can't imagine how I'd feel, were I the parent of a middle school student, to see that one of my kids' teachers behaves in this angry way, a way with not-so-subtle racial overtones.

I just hope my oldest friend really is well rid of this sad, silly, dangerous woman, and that someday soon I won't feel compelled to read her mind-numbing poison.

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