Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Madam, I'm a Canal

I was just looking in the mirror and noticed that my Obama'O8 is just this side of being a palindrome.
I mean if it was Obama80 it would be (still almost but closer)
And...
There is a "Palin" in palindrome.
Just what the heck is going on here, anyway?

Somebody should investigate soon.

I went back to the mess that was the Cello concerto and it didn't seem so bad today.
But I wrote some more possibilities anyway.
Who knows, it might end up as a bagpipe sonata instead.
Herding unknown noises can be tricky biznizz.

So speaking of morning associated bakery products.
I am recently reminded of a famous quote which ran afoul of the subtleties of language.
Now correct me if I'm wrong...
(Although, now that I think about it, I'd rather you didn't.)

The quote is "Ich bin ein Berliner".
A Berliner is a jelly filled doughnut.

The proper way to try to claim a relationship to a venerable city that you didn't actually earn is to say

"Ich bin Berliner".

I mean to be one you have to live there.

But that's just my hypothesis, here's the conclusion

Considering the vast vast difference between my life experience and that of
the person who is alleged to have made that remark brings me to a conclusion that I probably have a right, and if not a right, then at least an inevitability for resentment.
So therefore I like to dream that what's his, rich, never have to actually work for a living, born with a silver spoon, name had visited Vienna and made the same trifling mistake.

Vienna is spelled Wien and pronounced Veen.
You figure the rest.

The rider may occasionally be aware of the horse, but the horse is always aware of the rider.

So much for the hierarchies of great ape societies.

....

O.K. He would have called himself a Veener which would translate back to us calloused hand types as "Weiner"

Much too good for them, I say.

I'm always suspicious of those who entice us to "hope", "look to the future" and "dare to dream".

"hoping", "looking to the future" and "daring to dream" is the lemming's problem.

All of which I fell for when I was incarcerated in public school.

And, amazingly enough, for someone as superbly intelligent as I, still fell for when I did volunteer for the Seattle Symphony.

And you know what? Some of it clings to me still.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

48 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but in the words of Kryton the world famous android,
"You are a Smeee... Heee!"

...I'm Kris Kochanski and I approve of this message

5:17 PM  
Blogger butch said...

About all I know relative to palindromes is that Doug wrote a play several years ago called NIGHT IN THE PALINDROME, or something like that. I have been trying to talk him into serializing that play, and others he has hidden from the world, here on FFTL. But so far that suggestion has not been given much serious consideration. At least his poetry gets attention, cuz I spirit it away and post it myself on FFTR; with the exception of A LUMP OF COAL, which he posted himself last year.

Tina Fey's moment of spotlight faded almost as quickly the real Sarah Palin; if there truly is such a thing. There are those that postulate Ms. Palin was robotic and wound up daily, the latest in the new line of political dollies from Mattel Corporation.

Your trepidation about change, hope, daring to dream, and looking to the future are perfectly understandable, but shouldn't we wait until Obama is inaugurated before we start bitching him out for broken promises? Seems logical, which is in itself frightening.

Your treatise on language, translations, symbolism, and the Kennedys left me in the literary and philosophic dust. You seem to know what you are ranting about, but I don't have a clue. But then, as Melva points out incessantly, what's new about that state of mind, or lack of it?

The few times I have ridden a horse, I was certainly aware of the animal every second I was on it. Sometimes, with rental horses, I felt that perhaps they were unaware or uncaring about my big ass.

I have not seen Keanu Reeves as Klatu in the remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, but will try and do so this weekend.

I drove home early today, as the Orting valley and town has been evacuated, and Fife is being evacuated, and possibly I-5 will be shut down with flooding at Fife. I could not drive home easily, in the early afternoon with 410 shut down. 12,000 cars were diverted through Sumner, which slowed things down some too. River Road will be next probably, as we prepare for another 3" of rain tonight. We are terrified and exhausted from stress and tension and watching the non-stop TV coverage; being the unwilling and unwitting victims of mass hysteria created by the media. I guess I will sleep with rubber boots on tonight and hope for the best. I may not be able to get out of here and back to the office until afternoon tomorrow. I am tired of the Winter of 2009-2009 already. It is just one damned thing after another, enit?

Glenn

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have like a 100 rivers that can flood there in the Northwest. Kind of inconvenient, that. A place as wet as western Washington should not have all these problems and flooding.

.............Lee Liberace

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to hear from you, Lee. Did you know your name was left off the commenter' list?

.....Tiny Tim

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I did notice. And my brother, George, was left off the George list too.

..............Liberace

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name was left off the George list too, and that really twisted my crank.

.............George Goble

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Kryton from Krypton? I never really heard of dude, and I read SUPERMAN religiously.

............Eddy Emerald

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually comic books were a good source of religious teaching, along with patriotism, respect for babes, hate for villians, love of mother and home baking, fast muscle cars, and various super villains from outside our solar system.

............Jim Steranko

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember back in the late 60's when I discovered more adult and fabulous graphic in comics, especially Marvel, and fell in love with Neal Adams, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, and Jim Steranko, I lamented that it was too bad Hollywood could not those comic book heroes justice. But now with the advent of CG, anything is possible. Sci Fi and Fantasy will never be silly or clunky again.

Glenn

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knew that Tina Fey was such a sexpot? Did you check out here TV Guide cover, sitting with Alec Baldwin?

...............Bradley Pit

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Kryton was an animated robot, long before CGI, that used to appear in my cartoons, and guest starred in several other Warner Brother's cartoons with my comic peers.

.............Bugs Bunnie

6:33 PM  
Blogger butch said...

The cyber gnomes are at it again. The Anono gang is so active that when I endeavored to post a comment from a "real" person, the computer replaced me with some who doppleganger who said precisely what I was trying to say. That is freaky as hell, but I refuse to worry about it, for the rivers are rising and I need to keep my powder dry, and my mascara.

Glenn

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can be so fey, Butcher Boy, and many of us just love it.

............Edgar J. Hoooverrr

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I used to wear old dresses handed down from E.Hoover. I could afford my own line of frocks. Besides mostly I used to wear some of my wife's things.

................Alfred Bitchcock

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, but both of you queens were closet fairies. I was bold enough to wear a dress several times on the golden age of TV, on my own show. My outfit with the bananas on my head was priceless.

................Uncle Miltie

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't any of you catch those 20's dresses that Jack Lemmon and I wore in SOME LIKE IT HOT? My falsies kept getting ot of alignment.

..........Tony Curtis

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cross dressing has been a tradition in films and theater since like forever. My shot at it in TOOTSIE nearly got me an Oscar.


...........Dustin Hofferman

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Granted you did look like an ugly broad, Dusty, but at least when I did it in MRS. DOUBTFIRE, it was funny as hell. I got to pinch Pierce Brosnan on the ass too.

..............Robin Willliams

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I trumped all of you whipper snappers. My legs looked great in a tight military skirt in I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE.

............Cary Crant

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Moo moo I wore in DR. MOREAU rated an honorable mention, enit?

............Bud Brando

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cross dressing goes both ways, gents. I made a nice homely boy in YENTL.

...............Babs Strysand

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, anyone who watched PINK FLAMINGOS, or LUST IN THE DUST knows who the queen of female impersonators was.

...........Miss Divine

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't any of you remember what a lovely old maid I portrayed in CHARLIE'S AUNT?

.........Raymond Bolger

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, Ray, that was just a remake of the version I made of the film ten years earlier.

............Jack Bennie

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without being ugly to all your folks, I was the one who won an Oscar playing Brandon in BOYS DON'T CRY.

..............Hilary Stank

7:49 PM  
Blogger kransberg-talvi said...

More like this...bring it on.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Kransberg-Talvi, a little praise goes a long ways; and that rhymes a bit.

.............Emily

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to female impersonation, please do not forget, or leave out the sterling effort done for me by my two brothers, Shawn & Marlon, dressed up like valley girls in WHITE CHICKS! Surely, we took the prize back in 2004.

.........Keenan Ivory Weighins

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this homeless-sexual banter has its place, but what does it have to do with palindromes, and tricky treatises on language?

.........Lane Savant

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing at all, big boy, and that is the beauty of it. Actually the whole concept of cross dressing and gender bending is one that has fascinated mankind for millennium. So get with the program. Take a cue from Jannie, and just go fling a bra.

............John Leggwhenzommo

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, hey, if anyone is interested, 20,000 people were evacuated out of Orting last night, and a bunch out of Fife, but the dikes at Sumner held out. My two sump pumps are purring and gurgling this morning, but I found several dry spots on the roads and slithered in to the office. Another crisis averted, another day of stress donated to the God of Chaos.

Glenn

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps some of you ingrates need to review my autobiographical film, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.
I make a great looking dame.

.........John Cameron Twitchell

6:42 AM  
Blogger butch said...

Anonymous again. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something?

Glenn

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just remember boys who like to play girls like to have fun. Let's get right down to it. THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT set the garter mark for all impersonator and tranie films and plays that followed. What a cast of straight actors shaking their booties! Guy Pearce, Terrence Stamp, and Hugo Weaving were superb!

.......Director Stephen Elliott

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought the American version had a lot of charm too. Who could forget Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo in spiked heels in TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR?

.....Tiny Tim

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not forget my fine efforts in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. That sent waves of glee into the homeless-sexual world for decades.

.........Michael Serrault

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin Williams and I had a hoot doing the American version of that, Mikey. My imitation of John Wayne with a swish was classic. So don't leave out THE BIRDCAGE.

...........Nathan Lane

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin Williams and I had a hoot prior to your hoot, Nate, doing THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP. Can anyone forget my portrayal of Roberta?

............John Lithgow

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as we are doing tributes for gender bending, how about my wife as a woman, playing a man, becoming a woman in TRANSAMERICA.
Two cheers and four beers for my spouse, Felicity Huffman.

........William Macie

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I did a pretty good job of that, of playing a woman, who pretended to be a man, playing a woman in VICTOR/VICTORIA. And who can forget the swisherful perforance Rob Preston gave in it too?

..........Julee Androoz

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't call me Dame Elton for nothing you know, for the bitch is back. Call me Alice. Ask Bernie.

.........Elton's John

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Kryton a gender bender android? I may have bumped into him/her in a robot bar.

..........Wall-E

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I read the comments on this site, and I just don't get them. Homeless sexuals in Texas stay in the barns, I guess. I have never encountered any.

.........G.W. Bush, Jr.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that you're out of a job, Junior, maybe you could get out more. Leave Laura at home, put on a purple shirt, and take your secret service escorts to a fruit stand; that's a fag bar without chairs.

............Andy Warhole

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, as one of the first of the deceased commenters, I Edgar Allen Poo want to update the list of commenters--since each and every one is a cherished contributor.

Raymond Bolger
George Goble
Liberace
George, Lee's Bro
Rich Chamberlinn
Sara Paylind
Kris Kochanski
Jim Steranko
Hilary Stank
Bradley Pit
Bugs Bunnie
Alfred Bitchcock
Toni Curtuss
Dustin Hofferman
Robbin Willlims
Cary Crant
Bud Brando
Miss Divine
Jack Bennie
Keenon Ivory Weighin
John Leggwhenszommo
John Cameron Twitchell
Mikey Serrault
Nathan Bane
John Lithgrow
Willy Macie
Julee Androoz
Wall-EE
Andy Warhole

If one were to review the archives, there were probably a batch more too.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Kryton was (or is that is these days when everything is recorded) the Android on
"Red Dwarf"
About the only truly funny (at least deliberatly funny) science fiction television series ever produced.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!!
Thanks for the German lesson; it's good to know "Berliner" are not just available in Berlin, though I'm allergic to all eggy items.
BUT, the LL, who will be coming to Seattle on 2 February, is womndering WHER in Seattle one can buy German-style bread (with all the whole kernels in it)?? Do any of your many readers know of a place in Seattle that carries "real" German bread??
Could Eddy Emerald please help us??
Tschuess,
Anomann (+ Lovely Librarian)

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Ahh, but what about the SARAH Palin-drome?

Ich bin ein beignet.

I'm ALWAYS aware of the horse, freaking terrified of riding them and always have been.

Not afraid of bagpipe sonatas, tho. Nope, not at all.

Yes, I did enjoy yer poste.

Muchly.

9:01 AM  

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