Happy New Year
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Happy New Year
Kato, Happy New Year!
Same to you, Diane!
Did you take a dip in the ice-cold water on English Bay?
Are you talking about the 94th Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver?
Yes, of course, I am.
Polar bear swim 2014
@ English Bay in Vancouver
From 175 feet in the air
Gee … Kato, you seem to have enjoyed the swim to the hilt, don’t you?
Well … as a matter of fact, I was too scared of dipping myself in the water.
My heart was frightened by the ice-cold water.
But June was brave enough to take a dip.
I was scared to death when I saw her walking toward to the polar bear.
You’re joking, aren’t you?
Well … in any cae, I enjoyed watching girls on the beach.
So, Kato, tell me… What was the most wonderful occasion for you last year?
Good question! … Come to think of it … I remember the letter received from my aunt.
I see… So this letter is the best X’mas present, huh?
Yes, you’re telling me, Diane. As a matter of fact, I was preparing for the worst case.
Well … I watched the following DVD.
So you were expecting that your mother would say, “Let me die,” weren’t you?
Yes, I was. Actually, she wrote a living will, in which she chose to die instead of living like a vegitable being. And I was prepared for that moment.
Do you think, Kato, you could watch her taking a lethal dose of sleeping pill?
Yes, I think I can, even though I wouldn’t like to encourage her to do that. You see… when living comes to mean wasting away, losing all autonomy, seeing one’s very identity eroded, death may be a welcome deliverance. Don’t you think, Diane?
Yes, I understand what you mean, but I don’t believe in euthanasia.
I know.. I know … you’re a devoted Christian who doesn’t support euthanasia—let alone assisted suicide, but for some people euthanasia seems to be the last resort.
Why is that?
Well … critically ill people courageously speak about quality of life and their wish to die with dignity. Some doctors advocate a more humane, less controlling approach to illness and death. Each person has an intimate relationship with life. Why isn’t it the same with death? Shouldn’t we be allowed a freely chosen, dignified end when the time is right?
So, Kato, if you became incurably ill, you would go for euthanasia, huh?
Yes, I would.
Aren’t you afraid of death?
I don’t think so ‘cause some people actually doing it as shown in the following clip.
“Suicide Tourist” Trailer
Oh, my God! … I don’t think I could take a fatal dose by myself.
I don’t think you would. In any case, Diane, we don’t have to talk about death at the moment ‘cause you and I know that it is a wonderful life.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Frank Capra – Trailer
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adames.
The original story “The Greatest Gift” was written by Philip Van Doren Stern in November 1939.
After being unsuccessful in getting the story published, he decided to make it into a Christmas card, and mailed 200 copies to family and friends in December 1943.
The story came to the attention of RKO producer David Hempstead, who showed it to Cary Grant’s Hollywood agent.
In April 1944, RKO Pictures bought the rights to the story for $10,000, hoping to turn the story into a vehicle for Grant.
RKO created three unsatisfactory scripts before shelving the planned movie, and Grant went on to make another Christmas movie staple, “The Bishop’s Wife.”
At the suggestion of RKO studio chief Charles Koerner, Frank Capra read “The Greatest Gift” and immediately saw its potential.
In 1945, RKO sold the rights to Capra’s production company, Liberty Films.
Capra, along with writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, with Jo Swerling, Michael Wilson, and Dorothy Parker brought in to “polish” the script.
Capra renamed it as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Seneca Falls, New York claims that when Frank Capra visited their town in 1945, he was inspired to model Bedford Falls after it.
The town has an annual “It’s a Wonderful Life festival” in December.
In mid-2009, The Hotel Clarence opened in Seneca Falls, named for George Bailey’s guardian angel.
On December 10, 2010, the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Museum opened in Seneca Falls, with Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the movie, cutting the ribbon.