Music Sunday: And some more Gin

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Ah, here’s another little favorite of mine.  Please enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

 

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Noir Saturdays: The Hitch-Hiker

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You just never know about people, right? I mean you can’t pick up random strangers on the road without them turning into psychos!  Which is the subject to tonight’s noir, The Hitch-Hiker.

Ray (Edmond O’Brien) and Gilbert’s (Frank Lovejoy) fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker (William Talman) they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He’s killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they’re no longer useful, he’ll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker’s peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, make it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.

Check it out tonight @ 11PM on TCM CST or 9AM CST on Sunday. Enjoy and check out the trailer.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Erotic Fridays: Frank O’ Hara

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And here’s today’s poet, Frank O’Hara.

Frank O’Hara was a dynamic leader of the “New York School” of poets, a group that included John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. The Abstract Expressionist painters in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s used the title, but the poets borrowed it. From the beginning, O’Hara’s poetry was engaged with the worlds of music, dance, and painting. In that complex of associations, he devised an idea of poetic form that allowed the inclusion of many kinds of events, including everyday conversations and notes about New York advertising signs.

Since his death in 1966 at age forty, the depth and richness of his achievements as a poet and art critic have been recognized by an international audience. As the painter Alex Katz remarked, “Frank’s business was being an active intellectual.” He was that. His articulate intelligence made new proposals for poetic form possible in American poetry.

One of the things that I found out I liked about his work is that his poems feel like a personal letter between two intimate friends. Then again, perhaps that the point.  Check out my favorite one below. Enjoy.

 

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Throwback Thursday: Black Barbie in Jordan

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Aww, look at me looking all cute. I am, eh? Here’s me in the city of mosaics. Christ!  To this day, I still can’t believe that I was able to get this close to something so old.  It’s kind of humbling when you think about it.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Wayback Wednesday: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

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Ahh, another classic, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.  This has 2 of my favs, Candy and Martin.

Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.

Enjoy the trailer

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Travel Tuesday: Tempel of Kom Ombo

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It’s temple time; Ancient Egyptian style.

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple in the town of Kom Ombo in Aswan Governorate, Upper Egypt. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris (“Horus the Elder”), along “with Tasenetnofret (the Good Sister, a special form of Hathor or Tefnet/Tefnut) and Panebtawy (Lord of the Two Lands).” The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.

The texts and reliefs in the temple refer to cultic liturgies which were similar to those from that time period. The temple itself had a specific theology. The characters invoked the gods of Kom Ombo and their legend. Two themes were present in this temple: the universalist theme and the local theme. The two combine to form the theology of this temple.[4] A temple was already built in the New Kingdom to honor these gods, however, this site gained in importance during the Ptolemaic Kingdom. Little remains of the New Kingdom temple.[5] The existing temple was begun by Ptolemy VI Philometor (180–145 BC) at the beginning of his reign and added to by other Ptolemies, most notably Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator (51–47 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyles. The scene on the inner face of the rear wall of the temple is of particular interest, and “probably represents a set of surgical instruments.”

Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts who once used the temple as a church. All the temples buildings in the southern part of the plateau were cleared of debris and restored by Jacques de Morgan in 1893.

A few of the three hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed in The Crocodile Museum.

In September 2018, the Egyptian antiquities ministry announced that a sandstone sphinx statue had been discovered at the temple. The statue, measuring approximately 28 cm (11 in) in width and 38 cm (15 in) in height, likely dates to the Ptolemaic Dynasty.

(from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Kom_Ombo)

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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The Black Barbie Chronicles: 5 Sentences Which Can Only Make Sense in Korea Land

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Ah, Korea, there are days I understand you so well. Then there are a majority of days when I think I know what’s happening, I don’t. Case in point below is just a few of the things I learned which can only make sense in Korea Land.  Enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

5 Sentences Which Can Only Make Sense in Korea Land

  1. Let’s get some Chimek

Here’s the daily guess what game my kiddies play with me. I play along even if’s it the shortest game in history called “Guess What.”

Random Student: Guess what?

Me: Okay. Is it food?

Random Student: Yes

Me: Is it chicken?

Random Student: Yes! Teacher, you won!

If you ever get the chance to make it to Korea Land, you’d learn that Koreans are more obsessed over fried chicken than Popeye’s and KFC combined. What’s weird is that I’d never put Koreans and fried chicken together, but there you have it. Either that or my racism is showing. Fried chicken is very popular here.

Now, what’s this new fancy word called Chimek? Let me tell you. Chimek is one of those words that gets bastardized when Koreans start just making up shit. Chimek is a mix of English and Korean. The English part is chicken, and the Korean part is maekju, which means beer in Korea. So what you get is this wonderful combo of chicken and beer. There are entire franchises over Korea to celebrate this very loving and delicious marriage.

Now, like everything else here in Korea Land, the chicken served in these places has been adjusted to fit the palette of the Average Korean. Most of the chicken is just fried with little to seasoning. Just when you think Korea doesn’t know how to do fried chicken, they flip the script on your ass. There is a boatload of various sauces and seasoning which can be added to the chicken. These sauces and seasoning can range from “mild” (I use that term lightly) to blowing your head off!

  1. What is Your Kakao ID?

After getting all-legal in Korea Land and getting your bank account, there is also another essential thing you must do. You need to download Kakao Talk. Kakao Talk is the Facebook Messenger of Korea, but much, much better. It’s wacky and have a shit load of fun and strange functions. Us foreigners use it to talk with others and to call each other asses by sending and the actual character of an ass. There are of course other important features to use the app for, but I’m too damn lazy to figure the rest of the app.

  1. We Need to Gawi-Bawi-Bo for It

Gawi-bawi-bo is the Korean version of Rock-Paper-Scissors. While this may seem a child’s game, here in Korea Land, it is far from it. Who moves first in a game? Who gets the last slice of pizza? Who pays for the next round? Don’t fight; just Gawi-bawi-bo it!

  1. The Beer is Service

I had not a clue what that term met after the server in our restaurant placed the beers before a group of us while w waiting to be seating in a popular Korean meat restaurant. I love Service! What’s Service? Basically, it’s something in Korea where someone gives you something for free, smile, and say Service.

There are several ways which one gets Service. When in a restaurant, like I was, you can get drinks, and sodas for Service. In the 90 million beauty and makeup shops around Korea, you can get free makeup wipes, samples, and full tubes of lotion as Service. As for the handy hand wipes I like to use, I’ve not had the opportunity to buy any; there’s always a pack attached to something to the others that I’ve bought.

  1. Moon Yeoung said, “Maybe.”

In case you don’t know Korea shares some things with other countries in Asia by being a high-context culture. What I’ve learned is not communication in Korea is mostly indirect, and what sounds straightforward cannot be taken at their face value. Nope, not here, baby. In understand how Koreans communicate, you really need a basic understanding of Korean culture to know what was being said to you.

For example, when a Korean colleague says “maybe” something will happen, this means that it will happen. Also, if your colleague says, you “should” do something, this means bitch you better be there! So how does that work? Well, if your co-teacher comes to you at 3:55 in the afternoon and you leave work at 4 and tells you, “Black Barbie, maybe there is a staff dinner tonight, and you should come.” This simple statement to my Texas brain translates to, “Hey Black Barbie a staff dinner may happen tonight, I’m not sure, but if you want to come you can”. What this means in Korea Land is “Hey Black Barbie staff dinner tonight, and it’s mandatory that you come.” Well, thank you very much for fucking up MY night!

Now, on my best of days, I’m not the sharpest knife in the box, however, add that to living in a high context culture with very little knowledge of that context is do damn difficult. Believe it or not, it does not take a hell of a lot to piss off a Korean person if you fail to infer something said to you. It’s also your fault if you say one thing and your Korean friend inferred something else.

Case in point, I managed to deeply offend a Korean friend that I was trying to hook with when he asked what kind of restaurant I wanted to go to and I said I didn’t mind. When he suggested a pasta restaurant, and I really wasn’t in the mood for pasta, well, he got mad; fish grease mad as we say in Texas! Now, when I said, “I don’t mind, ” he inferred that I was giving him the full care, control and custody over where we were eating that night. Like a stupid foreigner, I then went back on my word by bitching about what I didn’t want to eat. And Koreans are MASTERS at not having an open discussion about things; it took a while before I realized my big mistake.

Moon Yeoung, another Korean buddy of mine, made me feel better when he said even Koreans have trouble understanding other Koreans intent. Great! Just great Korea! On the plus side, glad to know that it’s just us dumb ass foreigners.

 

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