“I’m Pincushion Man, Terror Of Balloony Land!”*

May 19, 2010

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought; this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.
• Norbet Platt

Last week I found one of my journals from 2003. It’s smaller than a 3×5 card and is stuffed with cards and pieces of paper I wanted to save. It’s a glimpse into my life six years ago, and I go through it to see if my interests have changed. Here’s some of what I find:

My vision is to make the most diverse state on earth, and we have people from every planet on the earth in this state.
• Gray Davis, California governor, at a press conference

Tim Burton has a series of characters based on oysters and such.

From the back cover of James T. Farrell’s (1947) book, A Hell of a Good Time: “Here are hard-working men, seeking escape from nagging wives in the tough back-street bars of Chicago, of men awaiting an execution in Paris, the very special way Hollywood can rob a man of his self-respect.”

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
• Aristotle

Check the site, archive.org or net for old educational films.

From Max Gareth’s (1960) Carnival Girl: “A sensational story of sex and struggle set against the flaming background of a traveling carnival, where kind hearts clash with ruthless passions, and savage lust takes the place of love.”

Jason’s Artichoke Dip
2 containers of Tillamook sour cream
1 large tub whipped cream cheese
2 small glass jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
Large thing shredded Parm
Frozen chopped spinach 1
4 bulbs garlic, roasted
Tons of pepper
Bake till bubbly
Save parm for top
(+green onions, + chopped rosemary, no sour cream, + mozzarella, = put into cannelloni).

March 30 is Tailie Day. Tape paper tails onto hapless passers-by.

Fortune from a fortune cookie, December 29, 2003: Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.

What do you remember from school?
My English teacher was drunk a lot. We taped our vocabulary words to the bookcase. My social studies teacher shot big rubber bands when kids fell asleep. (Note to self: This is a list poem.)

Another fortune (November 25, 2003): Your financial outlook is excellent.

The Sound of Music. I grew up watching it, and it’s one of the reasons I became an actress—that film made me know what I wanted to do with my life.
• Gail O’Grady, Good Housekeeping, October 2003

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
• G.K. Chesterton

August 16, 2004, Elk Valley Casino at the coast: “Hard Hat” Specials! Flag your friends down and take the detour to our café for our “HARD HAT” SPECIALS everyday! Enjoy our “Tank Size” servings of your favorite foods.

More Joy Automotive Repair on Pico in Santa Monica, July 2004.

Nothing’s changed. I’m still interested in the same things I was then. And more. I am comforted by the familiarity I find.

What interests you? What would your–does your–journal hold?

I am often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The short answer is everywhere. It’s like asking, “Where do you find air to breathe?” Ideas are all around you.
• Twyla Tharp

* The title quotation is a line from a Castle Films cartoon. I wrote it with this note: What’s your land and what’s its terror? This would be a good Yuckology assignment, part of monster creation.


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