February 3rd, 2020

caillebotte_man at his window

Palindrome Sunday 02022020

It has gotten very cold tonight, after several much milder nights, and is in fact expected to get down to freezing. I'm not enjoying it. The next few days will be chilly too, and Monday and Tuesday will be windy, so unpleasantness will prevail. It will get milder by the end of the week, though, and I'm looking forward to that. But for the time being I'll have to minimize my excursions. The chill is aggravating my cough, so I'll be staying in the heated apartment as much as possible.

But Sunday afternoon I did get to the tag sale at the Goodwill store, and did buy the three items I'd had my eye on. One is a copy of E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime, which I have never read, though I did see the movie based on it. The other two items are DVDs, one being Jackass, the Movie. For those not familiar with the franchise, the Jackasses are several guys who do incredibly stupid and dangerous stunts, and attempt, usually with great success, to make one another look ridiculous. Asking me why I enjoy the Jackasses is pointless. I suppose like them for the same reasons so many guys like the Three Stooges. It's just incredibly dumb stuff with no point and lets you turn your higher brain functions off and enjoy a few minutes of mindless pleasure in other people's willful suffering.

The other movie is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I watched several times on cable. Now that I don't have cable anymore, and am unlikely to ever have it again, watching this movie will be a pleasant reminder of the past, when I used to watch movies from under a pile of cats. Plus Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman, and I really enjoy the musical score.

But in addition to these items I also found a book that was not on sale, but worth the three bucks I paid for it. It's an enormous hardbound coffee table book called Hollywood Legends, with over three hundred black and white movie stills and portraits of movie stars, some by Hollywood's most accomplished photographers. Hours of pleasure, I'm sure, recalling all those old movies I'm unlikely to get a chance to watch again. So I'd say it was a good day, and I hope the rest of the week can live up to it, though I doubt it will.


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