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the simple life

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A Tale of Two Lives

It was the worst of times.

Last couple of months wasn't great for me. Dare I use the word depressed?

If you ask me, I'll tell ya. But no one asked. We all live silent lives. No one asked me why I stopped blogging.

I'm testing you readers. It's dialogue, not monologue.

But I failed. You failed. And the world goes by.

But in that no-so-great-life that I live, I'm yet grateful. Not for friends. But for money, for a job, for God, for that little bit of dignity - despite my being alone.

Being alone not loneliness. Mine you friend. If I dare call you that.

Loneliness. I'm afraid of this word. Not so much the word but the images that are brought to your mind. I'm afraid of you even when you don't care.

Don't share.

But why don't I dare?

I'm a coward. Afraid. Fearful. I live 2 lives. Maybe 3.

But why should you care?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Champions of Europe

It has a nice ring to it.

Liverpool - Champions of Europe.

Come May 25th, this will come true.

I have to talk to losers who tell me how lucky we were to go through. You don't depend on luck to play 4 matches without losing and overcoming both Juventus and Chelsea.

I have to talk to losers whose clubs didn't even make it to the quarter-finals.

I have to talk to losers whose vision is limited to past performance and big players.

This isn't Championship Manager.

This is Anfield.

I can't claim to know what these 3 words fully mean. But it's about spirit, passion, tradition and goose bumps. Many of these losers will never find these in their clubs.

Sure, they can be lucky enough to find a rare talent like Henry or a rich billionaire like Abramovich. But money cannot buy the best fans in the world. Money cannot buy tradition. And lucky do not make you Champions of Europe 4 times.

Come May 25th 2005, it will be 5 times.

Oh, by the way, money don't buy you a Carragher.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Ultimates #12

This is one of the funniest things I've read in comics.

In Ultimates #12.

Captain America fights Herr Kleiser, an old enemy of Cap, from the days of the Nazis....

(taunting Captain America)
Let me hear you say it, I surrender Herr Kleiser.
Make it quick!
Captain America
( you've never seen him so mad before)
(points to the big "A" on his mask)
You think this letter on my head stands for France!
If you don't find that funny, you must be French.

Plenty to read

First up, 40 top directors as decided by Guardian.

As we prepare for Revenge of the Sith, Wired interviews George Lucas.

The facts of the Thai sex trade, as Prospect magazine would have it.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Klaus Kinski

I found this on Roger Ebert's Answerman.



Q. I just finished reading your review of "Kung Fu Hustle" and I have to know, what is Jack Lemmon's story about seeing Klaus Kinski buying a hatchet at Ace Hardware?

Barnaby Thieme, San Francisco

A. Jack Lemmon told me that he was in line at Ace Hardware in Beverly Hills, and the sales clerk kept looking past him. "I may not be the biggest star in the world" he said, "but, jeez, usually when I stand in line, the clerk will notice me. I turned around, and there was Klaus Kinski with an ax."