Sunday, October 27, 2019

plans ahoy.......

     Whit Stillman, anyone? Long ago I rented and then eventually bought the VHS of the movie Metropolitan in college.  It fascinated me because of the view into NYC life, not just NYC but the whole deb ball thing, totally foreign to an OKC guy like me.  I had heard some hint of the subject from my mom who grew in Long Island, but still the movie was quite an eye opener.  I think what captivated me most wasn't just the rich or NYC lifestyle, but the intellectual conversation of all these, I dunno high school graduates? Is that what they were, maybe a year or so post high school since they discuss writing letters from boarding schools in the past. Anyway, it's a Whit Stillman movie, and so was Barcelona another fantasy travel destination I had while in college. The OKC art museum and a  retrospective film series this weekend. I re-watched Metropolitan  Thursday evening, then Barcelona on Friday evening, and then Damsels in Distress last night, Saturday.  They were all 5:30 movies, and last night they were showing Life and Friendship,  but I decided to come home instead and just watch it free on Amazon Prime on my computer. ha...  I cheated again this morning and instead of going back downtown it was easier to stay home and watch Stillman's other film Last Days of Disco on the computer also. Plus I was sort of done with driving downtown alone and sitting and watching a movie alone and laughing to myself at all the witty dialogue. ;)  but I did enjoy them all on the big screen.  (it was also a fun memory of pre cell phone days, I'll admit.)
     I will say that after watching the Last Days of Disco after I'd returned from church service and the grocery store this morning I was in a melancholy mood this afternoon.  It was all the nostalgia of the film , the dance hall days (disco died but I had my dive bar/techno bay dance club days of the 90s), and some actors from his first two films appear in it. First thing I did after the movie was look up the actor Matt Keeslar. he set off quite the crush (Josh, not unlike the guy you had heard of in that Lifetime movie I blogged about before, in fact they have the same sort of hunky sweet look in the face) anyway, the guy is married with kids and now a Physicians Assistant and Science of Urology instructor at some college...go figure.  Damsels in Distress is sort of quirky and could have used some cleaning up, some better editing perhaps. But I always enjoy finding the familiar style of the director in the film and script.  All the movies include some of the same actors here and there in each one.
  ...btw, I was a Woody Allen movie fan in college, renting and catching up on all the old ones I could rent or even find at the college-town / small-town video store.  I became familiar with the Diane Lane films then the ones with Mia Farrow, familiar with the repeated jokes and dialogue etc.  I'm not sure which would be my favorite, Manhattan Murder Mystery remains at the top of the list and so does Alice.  I also always like the very serious Interiors and Another Woman. At one point during college I made a short habit of renting and watching September in the fall.  the newer films started to be same ole after a while, I'll admit, although I really really do like Midnight in Paris also....ha!
        I don't know if I'm a very happy lonely person or a very lonely happy person.  I was thinking about it this morning.  I don't usually think of myself being lonely but after so many romantic films this weekend, of course I did.  I was wondering what got me out of the habit of blogging.  I think I became tired of having nothing much to say other than the same ole stuff going on with me. a rut, perhaps. nothing movie much forward. But I also think it had a little to do with not having the anonymous freedom of blogging also.  I was always fine with my kindest and dear friend S, my best bud here in OKC, to peruse through my posts and read what I had to say at will.  Super duper trust that guy of course.  It was different when I realized his husband also had wind of my blog and may be reading.  I'm great friends with them both, of course. but it's not the same friendship with both naturally what with the time and past invested with S and me as buds and friends. I find that friends getting married is quite something. I mean when a straight friend gets married, no big deal, you're still his best guy friend.  But with guys, the husband is now the best guy friend. so it's different.  I love them both of course and am thankful to have them to hang out with now and then. definitely. They were both in AR this weekend for a friend's annual halloween party that I've never had interest in going to at all.
      Guess what, I'm taking a trip this December!  between school getting out and the weekend before Christmas - today I was researching and planning some things.  I wanted to see Harry Potter the Cursed Child parts one and two on a Saturday, but I'd already purchased a Christmas concert ticket at Cadogan hall on the same night.  So now I'm playing around with the idea of going ahead and buying the ticket for part 1 and 2 of the play, but only seeing part one and then the concert that night....  OR maybe go to both and skip the concert? (no refund on the ticket for that).  I'll think about it more tomorrow and decided later.  
   This weekend was sunny out during the day and cool at night. I love it! today I spent time getting some potted tropical plants in the house before it starts getting really cold tonight and tomorrow night. hopefully by this time next year I'll have a little greenhouse outside to put them all in instead of dragging them in here between my computer table and the window.  My friend A will come over this Wednesday night to hand out trick or treat candy like we do every year.  I've been stocking up on candy and I ordered some glow light bracelets on Amazon again this year.  I also have a box of instant oatmeal packets that I plan to mix into the bowl and I'll try to sneak that into a few kids' bags. ha!!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan,

Love reading your blog whenever you feel like sharing. Could you please drop kick the "happy-lonely, "lonely-happy" label.
Those words alone can cause an instant breakout of melancholia.

Christmas-ing in London looks like a blast.
Can't wait for the holiday reporting of your London travel.

Alexander

James Dwight Williamson said...

It is very hard to be friends with married couples if you are single. It is also ok to be happy lonely, but that should trigger a desire to find someone out of your current circle to be with or rub up against .As it would appear you have a desire for something your current life doesn’t supply. Can’t say woulda coulda shoulda have to say I will and do it.

j.lee said...

glad you're blogging again. i live in nyc, so depending on the timing of your trip we could meet up... no pressure.