Navel Gazing  

rm_smosmof2 67M
963 posts
7/30/2006 3:13 pm

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Navel Gazing

Sheesh... one hour at work left, and I still haven't thought of anything clever (or even half-assed) to post about today.

I have such earthshattering problems, don't I?

Decided that I'm going to stay in tonight, and try to get caught up on at least one of the three dvds a guy from work loaned me....(City of Lost Children, The Machinist, and Royal Tanenbaums). The first is something I've been curious to see for some years now, and it got great reviews when it came out.... Machinist, not so much, although the film also got decent reviews when it was released, and many kudos for Christian Bale, and the physical ordeal he went through to get out of shape for the part.....

Been spending too much money lately, anyway.

gotta remember to stop at the store on the way home. Have to stock up on sandwich fixings going into my 32 hours off.... (I get off at 1600 on Sunday, and don't have to be back in until midnight Monday night. If I play it right, and put enough short sleep cycles in, I can make it seem like three days off....

Showing once again that I never know how things are going to go over (well, almost never....I knew the want ad would tank, but that was more self therapy than anything else) I was overwhelmed by the positive response I got to the gossip column....(hmmmm, I gotta pimp myself to BaronessK--she showed me how to do it weeks ago, and I thought it was a cool idea....if I'm gonna steal an idea, I guess I at least need to let the person I stole it from see what I did with it.....)

The guy at work who loaned me the dvds has been a remarkable surprise for me. He's one of two male janitors who work this account, and superficially, he's not the kind of person I'd ever expect to makes friends with (2nd generation hispanic, overweight, mid 20's, with piercings (!?!) including one very prominent one in his lip that still gives me the willies every time I see it). But it turns out that he's also a comics fan, and our taste in films has a distinct overlap to it. The 3 films he loaned me are all things he thought I'd enjoy as a result of our conversations about other films....He'd also wanted to loan me Aronofsky's second film (Requiem?), but he couldn't find it when he went looking for it.....

It's not often that I strike up that kind of relationship with people that I work with. I've been working for well over thirtyfive years now, and if I remembered them, I could probably count the number of times I've had lunch with a co-worker on the fingers of one hand. Now, part of this is because I tend to work off-shifts, and my schedule tends not to overlap with others, but even when it did, that just isn't the way I tend to relate to people at work....

And then there's the risk of gazing into my own navel, I'm not used to having the kind of success that I seem to have enjoyed over the last month here. I tried to write fanzines back in the early seventies, but it was just too much work, and I never really had anything to say (see, some things never change) but this time around, it's not so much what I'm saying as how I'm saying it, and the fact that I'm communicating at all, and establishing a sense of who I am and what I do.....

I've also found that the format of dropping in, leaving comments elsewhere and receiving responses has helped me find my "voice" somewhat, as well as defining certain relationships....the surprise for me has been the people who just show up here and join in the conversations. I'm havin' a good time with it......

moonlightphoenix 45F
6508 posts
7/30/2006 4:21 pm

1. The Machinist. This film premiered at Sundance during my tenure. Ironically, I didn't get to see until a couple of months ago. Loved it. But then, I tend to like that sort of thing. Dark, tortured with a great back story.

2. Requiem For A Dream- another excellent, ground breaking film. Unfortunately, I saw Spun first, so it seemed redundant. Well done, though, although the ending left me unsatisfied.

I know exactly what you mean about finding your voice. I'm still finding mine. It still surprises me.

Love being here. You're cooler than you think.

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/30/2006 5:27 pm:
Thanks for the information... Jason is really jazzed about Requiem for a Dream, and was really bummed that he couldn't find it.

I'll start with Children of the Lost City, I think, and then go to Machinist (ooh, I love backstory movies).

"cooler than I think" (I'd almost have to be....)

EroticaXTC 49F

7/30/2006 4:36 pm

When I left, I was gone 3 weeks, but it seemed like much longer...I really missed interacting with the friends I'd made here...there's nothing else like it, and I don't think I'd be able to explain it very well to anyone who isn't online much.
It sure fills a gap

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/30/2006 5:30 pm:
I've tried explaining it to the guy who hosts the poker game, and he just doesn't get it... I showed him the blog page, so he could understand the format--post, comments, responses, etc.... btw he thinks you look hot!

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
7/30/2006 4:38 pm

For someone that has supposedly nothing to say this was sure a long post.......and I thought it was going to be about looking at oranges.

Christian Bale is also excellent in American Psycho, is you have never seen that. I love that movie.

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/30/2006 5:35 pm:
oranges.... you made me laugh out loud again....

Me? long winded without having anything to say? Usually.

The first thing I ever saw Christian Bale in was Batman Begins, and I must say that he makes a great Bruce Wayne....

Heard good things about American Psycho, but have never seen it...

Again I ask you, how do you leave a comment without triggering the "recent visitors" register? (How do you do what you do to me?)

curiousinlorain7 59F

7/30/2006 6:43 pm

    Quoting rm_saintlianna:
    For someone that has supposedly nothing to say this was sure a long post.......and I thought it was going to be about looking at oranges.

    Christian Bale is also excellent in American Psycho, is you have never seen that. I love that movie.
I love it when I read a post and as I'm thinking of what I"m going to say.. and read what others say first I see someone that comments almost exactly what i was going to say I'd kill, okay not kill i'm a card caring pacifist, but I'd covet the ability to have a long post like that one.. so well written too

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/30/2006 7:41 pm:

Honest emotional reactions. In order:

(pleasure) gee, I like when people think that

(humility/intimidation) I am unworthy!

"ability to have a long post like that one" The worst part of it is, I think, that you saw the process as I went along....this triggered that and then that.... everything gets a little elaboration and hopefully you've gotten to see a little about how my head works. sort of. I just sit down and stuff just pours....the hard part turns out to be trying to give it structure, context, decide what's a good point to shut it off (what sounds remotely like a conclusion?).

Between posting and responding to comments and making comments, I can fill up hours every day just bipping around to the places I go, leaving smartass remarks...

And... (he says, realizing he's turned this into another post in and of itself...) I'm brutally honest.

I must quote my best friend, who would warn people when they asked if they could ask him a question, "make sure you really want to know the answer before you ask....if you don't want to know the answer, don't ask the question." I learned brutal honesty from him. At least you don't have to keep track of the various stories that way...I'm having enough trouble keeping track of this one.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
7/30/2006 7:59 pm

Sandwich fixin's... Oh damn... now you got me wanting a Monte Cristo sandwich.

I bet saintli sneaks in using a direct link... I mentioned this on a post lower down the page a few minutes ago.

Gazing into one's navel... why does that remind me of the Buddha? (AKA Tathagatha; Kalkin; Siddhartha, Binder of Demons; Maitreya; Lord of Light; Mahasamatman; in the end, as he preferred it, dropping the Maha- and the -atman to call himself Sam.)

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/30/2006 9:40 pm:
Yeah, Zelazny wrote some cool stuff..... My favorite line is "You play chess like a unicorn!"

BaronessK 52F

7/31/2006 1:19 am

What you replied to's called..."segue"...sound familar? Now you know why I named my blog that! I saw the post a couple of minutes ago about Lioness and all, which explained what 'segue' I did that...did ya in? Ah, time to do another post or something...I'm on Bastards and BASTARDS right now, which segued from Bitch This AND That which segued from.... and one of me needs to have a bathroom break because another of me wanted a green apple smirnoff!

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/31/2006 8:44 am:

"segue", pronounced seg-way.. that how that's spelled?

curiousinlorain7 59F

7/31/2006 3:38 am

quote from your answer to mine "I must quote my best friend, who would warn people when they asked if they could ask him a question, "make sure you really want to know the answer before you ask....if you don't want to know the answer, don't ask the question."

Funny, when someone asks me if they can ask a question... I almost always say... "well, you can ask...doesn't mean I have to answer."

TabithaElectra 37F

7/31/2006 8:31 am

Enjoy your time off...

I loved that film 'The Machinist'

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/31/2006 8:46 am:
you look like you're having a lot of fun with that tootsie pop.....

interesting picture, what with the body parts over stark black background....

TheCliticals 34F/F

7/31/2006 2:43 pm

Life is so great when it starts to go right

Your tastes in films is abominable.... identical to Dee's

City of Lost Children was scary. She made me sit through it all. Please explain it to me after you watch it

Frankly I worried that Batman lost far too much weight for the Machinist. Such a disturbing film too. Did you see the film he made when he was a child actor? The Empire of the Sun, about a little English boy in Shanghai during the Japanese occupation....superb performances and direction.


rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/31/2006 3:34 pm:
I'll try to watch the film soon, just so I can explain it to you, dear... besides, I want to give the guy at least one of his dvds, back, just as a show of good faith...

So, you two don't care for each other's taste in movies, eh... a bad sign if there ever were one.....xgf used to complain that the movies I liked "gave her headaches". After a while, I quit trying to share.....

The little boy in Empire of the Sun was Christian Bale? That can't have been that long ago, can it? Damn! Lost another decade, somewhere. Again.....

Now, as long as I have you here, I have two questions:

1. (The prerequisite) Which is Sandy and which is Dee?

2. How long is that long black hair?

curiousinlorain7 59F

7/31/2006 4:36 pm

****I've got great news, come on Smosmof , come and see what it is ***

rm_smosmof2 replies on 7/31/2006 6:34 pm:
Good news indeed!

May your son find success in his new teaching job in North Carolina...!

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