God, my last post was random. I'm just going to carry on in that vein.
1. You know how guys wander around with the waistband of their jeans down to their knees, their boxers showing? I've always wondered what the origin of that ridiculous fashion trend was. Now I know:
"He was jailing, jeans at low tide in that cool lockup look of six inches of pastel undershorts showing. The fashion statement got started in jail when inmates had their belts confiscated so they wouldn't hang themselves or someone else." -- Patricia Cornwell, "Hornet's Nest"
2. I watched Twister a few days ago. I apologize to anyone who loves it, but dude, it was not what I'd remembered. It sucked. The only good points were the special effects, and: "Cow."
3. I recently jotted down a list of het movies I've liked. I think I once made a shorter, similar list, but hey, I plagiarize myself with wild abandon. In looking at the movies below, I see a few trends. My things are apparently: unconventional relationships; hurt/comfort and caretaking; and snark. This seems to mirror what I like about m/m ships.
In the list below, I'm just summarizing characters, inexactly. So when I say something like "poor older woman", I don't mean to reduce a faceted character to simply that.
* A Fish Called Wanda - older man; younger woman
* White Palace - rich young man; older, working-class woman
* Twelve Monkeys - broken, rather nutso man, lost in time; sort of a caretaking woman
* Chances Are - young man; older woman
* The Fisher King (Jack/Anne) - broken, once powerful and arrogant man; caretaking, working-class woman
* Roxanne - this shouldn't need explaining
* Mumford** - man fleeing from his past; woman with mental unbalance
* Hannah and Her Sisters (Holly/Mickey) - lost people finding each other
* Once Around - young, unsettled woman; older man with excessive personality
* Zero Effect** - broken, nutso man; mysterious woman
* Eye of the Beholder - broken, caretaking man; serial-killer woman
* Benny & Joon - caretaking and eccentric man; woman with mental unbalance
* The Professional - well, I thought it was a romance; assassin; very young girl
* The Bodyguard - caretaking man; racial difference
* What's Eating Gilbert Grape - a broken kind of young man; a free-spirited woman
* Chasing Amy - straight guy; lesbian
* True Romance - lost people finding each other
* American Dreamer - nutty, amnesiac, and basically unhappy woman; adorable man
* Bull Durham - snark
* L. A. Confidential (Bud/Lynn) - caretaking, manful man; prostitute
* The Piano - mute needy woman; protective, manful man
* The Fabulous Baker Boys - lost people finding each other
* Pretty Woman - rich caretaking man; prostitute
* Groundhog Day - actually, I think I just like Bill Murray, which also explains The Razor's Edge
* Shallow Hal - the whole weight issue
* L. A. Story - no idea what to say about this one, really
* Star Wars (Han Solo/Princess Leia) - snark; scruffy man; princess
* In the Line of Fire - young, competent woman; older, somewhat broken man
** = You probably haven't seen these movies, but you should!
What are your favorite het movies, hmm?
4. I've been lonely the last several days, and tired, and apparently hyperventilating, though I don't feel panicky or anything. And, from overexercising, I've been too tired to write, which--given the fact of a three-day weekend--really kind of sucks. But oh well.
In odd moments, I've been trying to focus and capture moments where I realize I'm alive and that I should treasure my "once around" life. It's difficult. I need to be sitting on the edge of a marsh, or a quiet beach, breathing the salty air, watching the water comb the shore. I need to take a week off sometime rather soon (*waves to koimistress*).
For now, I am going to breathe and try to resist the siren call of the couch.