Thursday, April 12, 2012
…singing in the rain?
Date: Sat., March 31, 2012 9:16:45 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time
Tsk, tsk, tsk, … Wet, wet, wet, … one of these days, eh?
How’s it going?
…hope you’re skipping and hopping around like a teenaged bambina in the workout room.
Are you sweating a lot?
I’ve been watching a number of interesting DVDs these days.
You know, I practically live at Joe Fortes Library, but I’m not paying any rent.
Do you think they will charge me someday?
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, …
Well…, talking about fascinating DVDs, I’ve just written an article.
I’m pretty sure that you’ll love this article at the end.
Well, you’ll see…
Please click the following link:
(Sat., Mar 31, 2012)
I hope you’ll have a heart-felt laugh at the end and feel like skipping again in the workout room.
Your truly faithful follower, Kato
you got your postcard FINALLY.
Date: Tue., Apr 3, 2012 7:31 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time
Thanks for the above article and the fascinating information.
It was good to see you this afternoon at Joe Fortes.
The libarian tells me that you’re now paying rent and that you’re one of their best tenants; quiet, peaceful, intelligent and mindful. Not bad.
There could be worse places to hang out in, that’s for sure!
I’m glad you got your postcard FINALLY.
… seems that everyone I sent those to had the same experience as you did.
They’ve taken over 20 days to reach Vancouver.
Bit too long, I’d say.
Did you like the stamp?
I’ve got a thing for stamps and these are special ones, apparently, and just to be used for postcards.
I thought they were very attractive myself .. unique.
Thanks again for all of this material.
I’m still digesting it ~ you are such a sleuth, kiddo.
Love, Diane ~
Kato, are you fascinated by biker babes?
What makes you think so?
What a stupid question! You’ve just pasted a picture of an attractive biker babe at the top of this page.
You know what, Diane?… I was creating the above photo when you dropped in at Joe Fortes Library on your way to the yoga class last Tuesday.
Oh, I see…
What do you see?
I asked you to join my yoga class since my instructor was offering a free lesson, but you seemed apathetic and preoccupied with something else. So, you were working on the above photo, weren’t you?
Yes, I was.
Is she one of your ideal girlfriends?
Yeah…sort of…ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, … By now, Diane, you’ve been quite familiar with the above girl in the picture, I suppose.
She has appeared in my articles quite often.
I see…so, she is June, isn’t she?
Yes, she is. June was born and brought up in Ottawa. After high school, she moved to Vancouver.
What is she doing for living?
She is now working for an animation production company in Tokyo as a public relations specialist, promoting the works of animation and manga in Canada as well as in the States.
She speaks Japanese, I suppose.
Yes, she does.
Is she really a biker babe?
Well… she is not so crazy about bikes as you are.
How do you know I’m crazy about bikes?
…’cause you showed me the following pictures when you came back from London.
I showed you only the one at the top. You’ve made up the other two, haven’t you?
You’re telling me, Diane…by the way, what has made you a biker babe?
I’m not so much of a biker girl as you think, Kato. Well…when I was an innocent and curious girl in the late sixties, I watched the film called “Easy Rider,” which gave me a great deal of influence. This movie really made me get excited about the prospect of experiencing some new things in the coming future so that I could shake me out of my routines.
Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper.
It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South with the aim of asserting their freedom.
The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood phase of filmmaking during the late sixties.
The film was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.
A landmark counterculture film, and a “touchstone for a generation” that “captured the national imagination,” Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle.
The protagonists are two freewheeling hippies: Wyatt (Fonda), nicknamed “Captain America”, and Billy (Hopper). After smuggling cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles, Wyatt and Billy sell their contraband to “Connection,” a man (played by Phil Spector) in a Rolls-Royce and score a large sum of money.
With the money from the sale stuffed into a plastic tube hidden inside the Stars & Stripes-adorned fuel tank of Wyatt’s California-style chopper, they ride eastward in an attempt to reach New Orleans, Louisiana, in time for Mardi Gras.
Later, the duo pick up a hitch-hiker (Luke Askew) and agree to take him to his commune, where they stay for a day. Life in the commune appears to be hard, with hippies from the city finding it difficult to grow their own crops in a dry climate with poor soil.
The notion of “free love” appears to be practiced, with two women seemingly sharing the affections of the hitch-hiking communard, and who then turn their attention to Wyatt and Billy.
The hitch-hiker wants the two bikers to stay at the commune, saying, “the time is now”, to which Wyatt replies “I’m hip about time…but I gotta go.”
While jokingly riding along with a parade in a small town, the pair are arrested by the local authorities for “parading without a permit” and thrown in jail. In jail, they befriend American Civil Liberties Union lawyer and local drunk George Hanson (Jack Nicholson). George helps them get out of jail, and decides to travel with Wyatt and Billy to New Orleans.
George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) with Wyatt (Peter Fonda)While attempting to eat in a small rural Louisiana restaurant, the trio’s appearance attracts the attention of the locals. The girls in the restaurant want to meet the men and ride with them.
But the local men and police officer make mocking, racist, and homophobic remarks. One of the men menacingly states, “I don’t believe they’ll make the parish line.” As the waitress does not take their order Wyatt, Billy, and George leave without eating and make camp outside of town. The events of the day cause George to comment: “This used to be a hell of a good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.” He observes that Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibits it.
They continue to New Orleans and find the brothel George had intended to visit. Taking prostitutes Karen (Karen Black) and Mary (Toni Basil) with them, Wyatt and Billy decide to go outside and wander the parade-filled street of the Mardi Gras celebration. They end up in a cemetery, where all four ingest LSD. They experience a psychedelic bad trip infused with Catholic prayer, represented through quick edits, sound effects, and over-exposed film.
The two are continuing their trip to Florida (where they hope to retire wealthy) when two rednecks in a pickup truck spot them and decide to “scare the hell out of them” with their shotgun. As they pull alongside Billy, one of the men lazily aims the shotgun at him and threatens and insults him by saying “Want me to blow your brains out?” and “Why don’t you get a haircut?”
When Billy flips his middle finger up at them, the hillbilly fires the shotgun at Billy who immediately hits the pavement, seriously wounded in the side. As the truck then takes off past Wyatt down the road, Wyatt turns around and races back to put his jacket over his fatally injured friend already covered in blood before riding off for help. But by this time, the same pickup truck has turned around and closes on Wyatt. Not wanting any witnesses to report them to the police, the hillbilly fires at Wyatt as he speeds by the pickup, hitting the bike’s gas tank and causing it to instantly erupt into a fiery explosion. Wyatt lands by the side of the road, dead.
As the murderous rednecks drive away, the film ends with a shot of the flaming bike in the middle of the deserted road, as the camera ascends to the sky.
Easy Rider Trailer
SOURCE: “Easy Rider”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I see…so you went up north to Faro to get new experiences, didn’t you?
You’re right on, Kato… The world was wider than I thought. So I went to the States to find some new things, but I couldn’t. Therefore I went up north to Faro.
Did you find anything new?
Yes, of course I did. I really enjoyed new experiences.
Kato, you don’t remember, do you? I wrote to you last summer.
Subj:Summer is here
Enjoy the sunshine!
Date: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 4:35 pm.
Pacific Daylight Saving Time
Thanks my truly skinny Socrates, Kato.
■“Madame Riviera and Burger”
(July 26, 2011)
I’ve read the above article.
Your article is excellent as usual.
I did remember that you lived in Yellowknife some years ago.
Many years ago, I too lived for six months or so in the north, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
Actually, I worked for a mining company in a small town called Faro (Anvil Mines at the time) as secretary to the President.
I was given my own apartment (most of the staff had to live in bunk houses) and a huge salary compared with what I would receive in Vancouver.
So I was thrilled about that.
I didn’t want to feel totally isolated, though, so I asked whether I could eat with the others in the cookhouse and they obliged.
It was fun and much easier than doing my own cooking and making do with the limited selection in the local store.
The cook took a special liking to me and every day he would give me extra rations of cookies and cakes.
Pretty soon I realized that if I took advantage of these favours I would end up being a roly-poly.
so I would take them and then give them away.
I do remember a really cute Japanese gal who worked up there telling me she had already gained 25 lbs in one year, and it showed.
It was all the lesson I needed, thankfully.
SOURCE: “Roly-poly in the North”
(Sat. July 30, 2011)
So, Diane, you came back to Vancouver before you became too fat, didn’t you?
Yes, I had to.
You made a right decision because we’re in beautiful Vancouver.
Diane… Vancouver is the paradise…don’t you think?
Vancouver is pretty good, but not paradise I’d say. The weather’s too crummy half the time, or more than half the time actually, Which is why my brother left Canada for France. He could no longer stand the cold weather. As a matter of fact, I’ve found an interesting joke:
You see, Kato, we don’t have many sunny days in Vancouver!
I know…, I know…, but as long as you stay in Vancouver, you’re in a good shape, I suppose.
That’s for sure! I don’t want to be a roly-poly biker babe.
But I’ll give you a piece of advice.
What is that?
Next time you’ll ride on a bike on Oxford Street, or in Vancouver for that matter, don’t forget to wear a helmet.
Otherwise, you’d get a ticket.
I’ll keep it in mind.
I’m a biker babe, too.
You don’t believe me, do you?
Well… I don’t drive a bike.
But, I like to go for a ride on a bike.
How?… you may ask.
Well…I’m always a piggyback rider like this:
But, the other day when I went for a ride on the bike my cousin was driving, the cop in the picture stopped us.
At first I didn’t know why he stopped us.
You may wonder if I was wearing no panties.
Of course, I did wear a string bikini bottom.
But the problem wasn’t my panties, but a helmet.
So whenever you ride a bike piggyback, you’d better wear a helmet, too.
Otherwise, you’d get a ticket and pay fine.
I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“I wish you were there!”
■“Jane Eyre Again”
■“Jane Eyre in Vancouver”
■“Jane Eyre Special”
■“Love & Death of Cleopatra”
■“Spiritual Work or What?”
■“What a coincidence!”
■“Wind and Water”
■“Yoga and Happiness”
■“You’re in a good shape”
■“Net Travel & Jane”
■“Madame Riviera and Burger”
■“Roly-poly in the North”
■“Diane in Paris”
■“Diane in Montmartre”
■“Diane Well Read”
■“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”
■“Tulips and Diane”
■“Diane in Bustle Skirt”
■“Diane and Beauty”
■“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”
■“From Canada to Japan”
■“From Gyoda to Vancouver”
■“Midnight in Vancouver”
■“Dead Poets Society”
■“Letters to Diane”
■“Wright and Japan”
■“Memrory Lane to Sendai”
■“Titanic @ Sendai”
■“Roly-poly in the wild”
■“Silence is dull”
■“Zen and Chi Gong”
Hi, I’m June Adames.
The “Easy Rider” movie was a box office smash with a $41 million intake.
It became the third highest grossing film of 1969, along with “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Graduate.”
The “Easy Rider” helped kick-start the New Hollywood phase during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The major studios realized that money could be made from low-budget films made by avant-garde directors.
Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, the films of the so-called “post-classical Hollywood” came to represent a counterculture generation increasingly disillusioned with its government as well as the government’s effects on the world at large, the Establishment.
Although Jack Nicholson appears only as a supporting actor and in the last half of the film, the standout performance signaled his arrival as a movie star.
The film’s success gave Hopper the chance to direct again with complete artistic control.
However, his film (1971’s The Last Movie) was a notable box office and critical failure, effectively ending Hopper’s career as a director for well over a decade.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』