"For those of us who have chosen to live overseas, the holidays can be bittersweet. Family and long-time friends are far away, and the closest thing we can get to a turkey with all the trimmings is a broiled peacock over rice."
This biting bit of satire has been bopping around cyberspace for some time, now, and a friend recently sent it to me. I never ceases to amaze me how people pick and choose the which verses of scripture that they want to follow. Read on for a good laugh!
"You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled! ! You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1987!"
Today I am posting a copy of an anonymous forwarded email I once received: a humorous look at how life today is so very different from the 80's. Yes: those were the days, my friend. And times? They are a-changin'.
"Sandra Martinez, 10, uses her ID card to indicate that she is getting off her school bus in Spring, Tex." Does anyone else get the heeby-jeebies when they read these two articles from this week’s N.Y. Times entitled Tiny Antennas to Keep Tabs on U.S. Drugs (15 Nov.) andIn Texas, 28,000 Students Test an Electronic Eye (17 Nov.)? (If you aren't a member of the N.Y .Times, click on the "Continue reading" link below for the full text of the articles.) Must students be required to wear tracking devices in order for them to be safe? My instincts tell me: buy stocks in the companies who manufacture these devices. This trend of tracking pets, products, cattle, children, and adults is growing.
The possibilities are endless. And, as in all things in life, subject to change. I had a tough time narrowing this list down to ten, and had to shave off a few favorites such the “driving across the desert scene” in Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the “I love you/Snap out of it” scene in Moonstruck, the “I’m not a boy” scene in Yentl, and the “eating cheese on the train/lactose intolerant” scene in French Kiss. Ironically, some of these films wouldn’t make my top ten favorite FILM list, but these scenes are brilliant.
10. The Birdcage: the “meet the parents” scene
9. When Harry Met Sally: the “orgasm in the restaurant” scene
8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The desert chase/cave scene
7. Death Becomes You: the Meryl Streep/Isabella Rosellini elixir scene
6. The Hours: the Julianne Moore mother-son “let’s make a cake” scene
5. Amelie: the “café puddle” scene (it’s about one second long, if that) and the “they finally meet” scene
4. Dreams (Kurosawa): Crows: the walking through the paint of Van Gogh’s paintings scene
3. Kill Bill: the “Black Mamba and Copperhead rumble in the kitchen” scene
2. Lost in Translation: the “about to fall asleep/ Bill Murray touches her foot” scene
And Shamash's number one favorite film scene:
The Matrix: the “Keanu Reeves takes the red pill/wake-up” scene
So, Shamash's question of the day is:
What are your favorite film scenes?
(For Kill Bill fans only: a tongue-in-cheek personality test. Which Deadly Viper Assassin are you? Black Mamba, Copperhead, California Mountain Snake, Cottonmouth, Sofie Fatale, Sidewinder, or Snake Charmer? Take this quiz to find out!)
Trying to avoid trishaws and potholes, the taxi-driver drove us home that night in his blue taxi, a 1962 Opel Rekord. Dee was wearing her cat-eye glasses with the mother-of-pearl inlay on the stems that winked as we wound through the streets of S.I.A. I sat between Ali and Suz, and our shoulders touched.Dee sat in the front seat. She turned around now and then, smiling. The wind from the open window blew our hair in all directions, and we didn’t care.