astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:50:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/astrofish.net/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bar31-54f32b48v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog 32 32 86008595 Crazy Rich Asians https://astrofish.net/blog/crazy-rich-asians/ https://astrofish.net/blog/crazy-rich-asians/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:50:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10079 astrofish.blog

Crazy Rich Asians

Starring? My Pac-Rim knowledge of stars is rather limited to a couple of comedians. Not really a deal for me, not because, well, I got no excuse.

In the same vein, I know so very little about Bollywood, and its stars.

Fun-filled RomCom, I guess is the correct column.

Pushes the right buttons.

Like Romeo and Juliet, only with a happily ever after.

#Shakespeare

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Taco Cabana https://astrofish.net/blog/taco-cabana/ https://astrofish.net/blog/taco-cabana/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10019 astrofish.net citrine

Taco Cabana

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My first serious introduction to Taco Cabana was when a landlord at the time, I was living in Tempe, AZ, when that landlord asked all of his residents to appear before city council about a zoning change. We protested, on behalf of the landlord, and the Taco Cabana got built anyway. I graduated and left town. End of story?

Not quite. Taco Cabana started in San Antonio, on San Pedro, maybe? I could’ve answered that at an earlier date.

Headed out of Austin, south towards the adopted home of Bexar County, overtaken by hunger from a long day at work, we pulled into the Kyle location. With a long line at the drive-thru, just figured it would be easier to pop inside.

A young person with a haunted and harried look, I glanced over at the cooler filled with ice, beer, and coke, then grab me a Topo Chico, while she starts to take our orders.

“We short-handed tonight, so it will take 20 minutes at least,” she said.

I nodded, paid for the water bottle, and asked if she was taking the orders and cooking them, too.

“Yes.”

With half-dozen cars in the outside lane at the drive-thru, and my tummy rumbling against the twilight’s glow, it’s not like this is the last Taco Cabana we’ll ever see.

Taco Cabana

Back on the road, about two exits further south, there’s a San Marcos Taco Cabana, and from its relative location, plus, a somewhat odd shaped lot, pretty sure I’ve dined at this location before. Walked in with my un-opened Topo Chico, and we ordered up some tacos. A light, flavorful, repast as a cure to hunger pains and working conditions.

A working crew member, interesting ink showing on her arms, made a comment about about the Topo Chico, “See? I knew we had some.”

Actually, I brought this in; it’s from the other store, in Kyle.

“I stopped there once, the store, it’s like, I’ll never go back there. Our store is better.”

For the time being, I would agree. Had fresh, sizzling tacos in less than three or five minutes, along with a running commentary from an employee about how the San Marcos location is so much better, and that, in itself was amusing. Internecine fighting against a backdrop of corporate rivalry.

Taco Cabana

Taco Cabana in Kyle, compared to San Marcos? A difference of a few miles and maybe a different county? The employee loyalty was remarkable in both cases. That Kyle store was being operated, when I was there, by one person. Order taking, then cooking that order, and handling the cashier role as well. That’s some fierce loyalty.

The employee in San Marcos valiantly defending her store above all others? That was fierce loyalty as well.

That’s inspiration.

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Over 50? https://astrofish.net/blog/over-50/ https://astrofish.net/blog/over-50/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 02:33:55 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10076 astrofish.blog

Over 50?

Over 50? This is what we look like.

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Tao of Pooh https://astrofish.net/blog/tao-of-pooh/ https://astrofish.net/blog/tao-of-pooh/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9997 astrofish.blog

Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff

Out of my library, seen here, used as a reference point the other morning, The Tao of Pooh, with an underline and date; 3.5.1992.

Flashback, digging deep, “Today is Thursday, what’s for lunch?”

I think that’s the quote.

The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff

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Marcus Aurelius X.xx https://astrofish.net/blog/marcus-aurelius-xxx/ https://astrofish.net/blog/marcus-aurelius-xxx/#respond Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9963 Marcus Aurelius X.xx

Marcus Aurelius X.xx

Marcus Aurelius X.xx

Marcus Aurelius X.xx

“20. What the Universal Nature brings to every thing is for the benefit of that thing, and for its benefit then when she brings it.”

Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.”

Book # X

Marcus Aurelius (Loeb Classical Library)

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#meditation

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From Marcus Aurelius https://astrofish.net/blog/from-marcus-aurelius-21/ https://astrofish.net/blog/from-marcus-aurelius-21/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9954 From Marcus Aurelius

From Marcus Aurelius

From Marcus Aurelius

From Marcus Aurelius

“7. Efface imagination. Restrain impulse. Quench desire. Keep the ruling Reason in thine own power.”

Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.”

“vii. Blot out your imagination. Turn your desire to stone. Quench your appetites. Keep your mind centered on itself.”

Book # 9

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Clever Rhetoric https://astrofish.net/blog/clever-rhetoric/ https://astrofish.net/blog/clever-rhetoric/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10058 Mark Antony

Clever Rhetoric

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 3.2.42

Mark Antony

Mark Antony

  • Mark Anthony:
    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them,
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious;
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest
    (For Brutus is an honorable man,
    So are they all, all honorable men),
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me;
    But Brutus says he was ambitious,
    And Brutus is an honorable man.
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill;
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
    And Brutus is an honorable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
    And sure he is an honorable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause;
    What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
    O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me,
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

Clever Rhetoric

Depends on how it is presented, whether this is frankly manipulative, political, or if this is genuine. Or even clueless. Last time I saw it, I was entranced with the actor’s delivery, and upset that it wasn’t staged the way I thought it should be, wherein the theatre responds to the triplicate of calls, addressing every person.

Lear, out loud.

Like Lear, I was going to read and record me practicing this speech, more as a way for me to learn the words, but even as I rehearsed it, reading it out loud in my mind, looking for the stops and starts? I perceived, about halfway through, I was going to drop back into singsong.

A few weeks back, I was expressing the usual line, “I’m straight, white, male. Can’t dance — no rhythm and poor fashion sense.” One of the wholistic healers at my side, woman I respect greatly, huge props and shout-out, but she started on the on, “But you can…”

Shut. Up.

A person has to understand, respect, and embrace some limits. My lack of rhythm, or poor fashion sense? It’s not an obstacle — not a barrier. I understand that.

When I was thinking through reading this one aloud, after rehearing in my head, I realized I wasn’t going to do it justice.

Clever Rhetoric

First (probably only) audio version —

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For a much better, more reasoned and logical discussion about this, there’s an older podcast, via In Your Ear Shakespeare, under the first of the Shakespeare Sunday selections, the second podcast in that series. Good discussion and far better reading of the text than mine. Far better. Hats off.

“I doff my hat to you good sir.”

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Amor Eterno https://astrofish.net/blog/amor-eterno/ https://astrofish.net/blog/amor-eterno/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9950 BexarCountyLine.com

Amor Eterno

Ever look at something and miss the image completely? The other morning at Mi Tierra, there it was, pinned to the low ceiling in the dining room, Fiesta Flags — always remind me of Tibetan Prayer Flags — with the words, Amor Eterno.

Amor Eterno

Right there, hanging from the ceiling, part of the visual background noise, the words, Amor Eterno.

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Strange Music Starts https://astrofish.net/blog/strange-music-starts/ https://astrofish.net/blog/strange-music-starts/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10043 astrofish.blog

Strange Music Starts

Original location? July 1, 1996, introductory quote, and not Shakespeare:

“It has to be done right… and that’s when the strange music starts, when you stretch your luck so far that fear becomes exhilaration and vibrates along your arms.”

  • Hunter S. Thompson in Hell’s Angels, a Strange and Terrible Saga.

My hunt for this passage has been driving me crazy. A comment in passing conversation, about fear, and what would eventually become Fear and Loathing, and I knew, in my bones, I had quoted this passage as I kept searching my blog archives to no avail — couldn’t locate the quote. But I knew I used it, quoted it.

What part I included in Pink Cake

“But with the throttle screwed on there is only the barest margin, and no room at all for mistakes. It has to be done right… and that’s when the strange music starts, when you stretch your luck so far that fear becomes exhilaration and vibrates along your arms. You can barely see at a hundred; the tears blow back so fast that they vaporize before they get to your ears. The only sounds are wind and a dull roar floating back from the mufflers.”

  • Hunter S. Thompson Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

I’ll locate the passage, as it’s a few paragraphs of what it’s really like to push one’s limits too far and still come back. Sets a tone.

“But with the throttle screwed on, there is only the barest margin, and no room at all for mistakes. It has to be done right… and that’s when the strange music starts, when you stretch your luck so far that fear becomes exhilaration and vibrates along your arms. You can barely see at a hundred; the tears blow back so fast that they vaporize before they get to your ears. The only sounds are the wind and a dull roar floating back from the mufflers. You watch the white line and try to lean with it… howling through a turn to the right, then to the left, and down the long hill to Pacifica… letting off now, watching for cops, but only until the next dark stretch and another few seconds on the edge… The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others- the living- are those who pushed their luck as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there. Or maybe it’s In. The association of motorcycles with LSD is no accident of publicity. They are both a means to an end, to the place of definitions.”

Yeah that’s the one.

Good stuff. Catches the essence, and I think, there’s a youthful belief that we will live forever.

Anyone who’s stepped over the edge, crossed that line, too many times, and some of us don’t make it back.

Passage is about riding a Triumph 650, up the Pac 1, Pacific coastline, leaning into the curves at 100 miles an hour, and I can say, on a machine like that? It feels exhilarating — and maybe a little dangerous. Maybe really dangerous, flailing and flying along without a helmet. Eyes watering, the wind drowned out by the loud pipes, a dull roar. There’s a tenuous grip the thin tires had on the roadway itself, and the rider never knowing what’s around the next sharp bend?

I’ve noted this before, but from downtown San Francisco to where my sister currently lives, it’s only a few miles, maybe less than 20, on a map, drawing a straight line. Takes over an hour because of the twisted, coastline highway, a narrow ribbon of asphalt that is tortuous and challenging, and judging by the number of motorcycles I saw last time? Great fun. But that’s current technology. When that book was written? Motorcycles were different. Just as much fun, just not as quick, and the tires, best guess, weren’t nearly as “sticky.”

The passage conveys, to me, a certain amount of thrill, and dancing with a death wish.

It’s The Edge, and some of us have been there a time or two.

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Hell’s Angels by Hunter Thompson

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

Pink Cake

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From Marcus Aurelius https://astrofish.net/blog/from-marcus-aurelius-20/ https://astrofish.net/blog/from-marcus-aurelius-20/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9931 Marcus Aurelius

From Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius


“15. Remember that everything is but what we think it. For obvious indeed is the saying fathered on Monimus the Cynic, obvious too the utility of what was said, if one accept the gist of it as far as it is true.”

Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.”

Book # II

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