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ruthless compassion
23 November 2004 @ 09:31 am
Aileen and I watched Man on Fire last night, a surprisingly (to me) violent film about child's bodyguard in Mexico City taking revenge on the men who kidnapped his charge. I got the movie because it stars my #1 Denzel Washington. It was good, but, as I said, violent, and also pretty dark. It's given Aileen second thoughts about letting me move to Latin America, so probably none of you all who are prone to nerves about that sort of thing should see it.

Possibly the best thing about the movie, though (after DW, of course) is the soundtrack, which was at times extremely weird, but other times, really fabulous. The gem is this song by Carlos Varela (some of whose discs I'm going to have to track down, wow), which is even better sung, but awfully nice as poetry, too:

Una Palabra

Una palabra no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo
igual que el viento que esconde el agua
como las flores que esconde el lodo.

Una mirada no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo dice todo
//como la lluvia sobre tu cara
o el viejo mapa de algún tesoro.//

Una verdad no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo
como una hoguera que no se apaga
como una piedra que nace polvo.

Si un día me faltas no seré nada
y al mismo tiempo lo seré todo
porque en tus ojos están mis alas
y está la orilla donde me ahogo,
porque en tus ojos están mis alas
y está la orilla donde me ahogo.
 
 
ruthless compassion
23 November 2004 @ 10:54 am
dbang is like Wonder Woman, but more fabulous because she's real. She is gorgeous, smart, witty and fun. She's been really terrific for me when I need to get a fresh perspective on a problem or question because she's very good at shedding new light on a worn problem.

dbang has three adorable sons, a charming husband and makes kickass lasagne. She's really fun to be with, whether we're going to a movie, getting a bite to eat, or having a ladies' night of fun and carousing. All of this shows that she has extraordinarily good taste, so I know when she compliments me, it's extra good. She's really great to be around.

dbang isn't afraid to reinvent herself, and she doesn't let "I haven't done X before," stop her when she thinks she wants to try it. She encourages my grammar snobbery and we are coconspirators in the Campaign to Reinstate the Proper Use of the Apostrophe.

The only bad thing about dbang is that I don't get to see her enough. So, now that I mention it, you all should just pretend I didn't say anything at all about how awesome she is, because I already have enough competition for her time and I don't want more!
 
 
 
ruthless compassion
23 November 2004 @ 11:08 am
I have to admit, I have some problems with moominmolly. The first is that I don't know what her username means. The second is that I'd like to get to know her better and I haven't been able to, yet. But now that we have that out of the way, here are some of the reasons she rocks:

First, she biked across the country. Of course, nearly everyone knows that, I think, but clearly, it's still worth mentioning. It's entirely possible that knowing about her summer adventure helped me to think my way out of my rut and got me on the way to Guatemala last year. So, cheers to moominmolly for inspriation.

Second, she's witty, thoughtful and fun. She often does weird things that I wouldn't want to do myself but that I really like hearing about from other people. She has excellent taste in partners (from what I've seen).

moominmolly doesn't like the bad days get her down. She's cute, and she likes cheese.

moominmolly is the kind of person that lots of people want to get to know better. She's popular, but not like those bitchy, obnoxious popular kids in high school.

I'd like to make mischief with moominmolly because I think she'd make an excellent bad influence and encourager.
 
 
ruthless compassion
23 November 2004 @ 05:54 pm
The rule of this game is that you introduce at least two of your lj friends who you think should know each other:

infinitehotel, meet jacflash. You're both writers who like to cook, and you share a first name. It's fate.

snowy_owlet, meet jordanwillow. You two remind me of each other, plus, you're both in Texas. Let the witticisms commence!