Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I'm baaaaaaack...

... though not for long. Have got another week before I re-pack my luggage for Manila. Will be staying there till end of March. And then there's been family talk about going to California in May. Don't think I'll get much writing done this year... but hey, it is the Year of the Golden Pig (which comes only every 60 or 600 years, depending on how gullible you are) and I say indolence is a must. Hee.

Had a great time in Vienna with the udder spouse. We teeheeeeed and heehaaaaawed until late into the night — that you just have to thank god for deaf neighbors. Here's a pic called Shadows on Grass... which already hints on what we had been up to — which was really no good. I mean, we were standing there looking just like udder people.

And here's her Rude-Olf watching us from the television top. I guess the look on his face says it all. He's supposed to have a red nose... but I swear it was no longer there when I arrived. Mug-shot probably mistook it for a strawberry during one of her lush states. She likes strawberries.

On Sunday I had two huge cups of mulled wine. Wheeeeeeee! My mind did some cartwheels halfway down my first cup, but it sort of stilled afterwards and I didn't feel tipsy at all. When I boasted about it to the husband, he commented that it's probably because my liver had entered a state of paralysis. Tsk. Not that he should talk. He and his colleagues were already drunk from excessive wine-tasting at the Nuremberg trade fair by 10 a.m.

Recent acceptance:

flashquake accepted two oldish (revised and re-revised) poems, Lessons in Scrying Sarcoma and Nothing Heavier Than Silence for their Spring 2007 edition.

      Submission date: 31 January 2007
      Reply date: 16 February 2007
And Mental received 2nd (fore)plays in their tiny, tiny poem contest!

10 favorite films:

Sam tagged me into revealing my faves. By faves I mean films I like to watch again and again. Also love Orlando (from Collin's list), numbers 5, 6, 7 from Nicole's southern movies list and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest from Sarah's list.

1. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)
2. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
3. All of Me (Carl Reiner, 1984)
4. Good Morning Vietnam (Barry Levinson, 1987)
5. Como agua para chocolate [Like Water For Chocolate] (Alfonso Arau, 1992)
6. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)
7. LĂ©olo (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1992)
8. La Tregua [Truce] (Francesco Rosi, 1997)
9. Meet the Parents (Jay Roach, 2000)
10. Hero (Yimou Zhang, 2004)


sam of the ten thousand things said...

Interesting list Arlene -- especially The Sting, Dog Day Afternoon (what a film), and The Crying Game.

Cheryl said...

Sounds like you two had a great time!! And I think you may need to be, um, under constant supervision next time...just a thought.


And congrats, again, on another Flashquake pub!

michi said...

oh yes, cheryl's right. you need to be under constant supervision. and not just in vienna. :)

and re rude-olf: just because you always have a red nose from the booze, doesn't mean my reindeer has to be the same!



SarahJane said...

hey, you're italian now. and you've got ONE italian film in your list? i think they're going to be rethinking your citizenship.

i always groan when my (italian) husband talks about de niro and pacino as "italian actors." they could be 78% norwegian for all we know, with some italian great-great grandfather. no matter, they're still italian to the italians.

I loved All of Me, too, by the way. It is probably better than The Jerk, which is on my list, but I fell for its absolute inanity.

congrats on flashquake & Mental!

Collin Kelley said...

Have fun in your travels. And congrats on Flashquake.

Great movie list, too!

Carl Bryant said...

Great movie choices, arlen.

Most would have made my list... if not for the porn.

Liz said...

Good gosh Arlene, yourself and Michi meeting must have been just dynamite...; ) oh to be a fly on Rude-Olf's missing nose : ) Seriously though, I bet you had a devilishly fun time - can't wait to read up on it or (read into it ) ; )

Love the shadow photo.

Congrats on flashquake.

Great film list - a few I haven't seen - they have me itching to go dvd hunting.