Sunday, December 30, 2007

Overheard at my health club

(Conveniently located in a big hotel in Waltham wherein a baby shower was going full blast as I left)...a gaggle of tall well dressed twenty-something women sweep past me heading for the pre-natal festivities, one was heard to mutter gaily
"I can't wait for MY baby-shower, but I can sure wait a while on the baby!"

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

American Madness (1932)

Nothing quite brings the holiday cheer like a depression era drama about an embattled bank president who is contending with an unfaithful wife and a bank-panic all on the same day.
If you said "this sounds like a Frank Capra film" and you would be right on that score.
It is a good movie, Walter Huston is great, Pat O'Brien is wonderful, even Sterling Holloway has a good scene or two. It is a stone cold shame more of Capra's early works like "Miracle Woman" (1931) and "Submarine" (1927) aren't available at all on DVD.
In some ways this is a sort of early sketch for the later classic Jimmy Stewart vehicle "It's a Wonderful Life", which again features a virtuous banker in close battle with personal and professional challenges.
Can't recommend a single local outlet that might rent this film, nor does it play much on cable, hell I had to watch via a "private source".
However, we will be able to download it someday but only after spending hundeds and hundreds of dollars on bandwith upgrades.

Amazon will sell you the film as part of a take that for whatever comfort it may bring.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Kudos to the classically heroic soul who delivered

the Sunday Globe on this icy merciless morning. I live amidst some ill-plowed hills deep in the provincial heart of Arlington, delivering the paper today was a feat akin to Achilles' taking down Hector.

Time to reconsider upwards the annual Christmas tip....

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Grenade Soup in Middlesex County....

Last night I dropped by the home of a married couple I know, purely to assess the chill-battling qualities of Absolut vanilla flavored vodka you understand.
Their oldest son was completing an elementary school homework assignment which required him to generate a list of instructions.
He chose to compose a recipe for "grenade soup", he assured his mother that said potable would only "blow up the pot and the stove".
Last I checked the mother was ardently campaigning for a disclaimer to be inserted on the grounds of "silliness".
Amidst the process she gave me the puppy-dawg eyes and said "I am the mother of case you needed any reminder".

BTW Absolut vanilla flavored vodka, chilled in the freezer has the ironic effect of chasing off the cold like a trained hunting dog.