Tuesday, January 02, 2007
The Black Lights
Once I was at a dinner party where one of the guests, Mike, claimed that he had over 10,000 pictures of Farrah Faucett. Mike had just returned from an all-gay cruise vacation (A thousand men on a ship -- yay! was his summation of the experience), and he tried to explain his Farrah obsession. She's just so beautiful, he said. Do you know she paints? While I believe that Farrah is indeed a beautiful woman, like all objects of obsession, it's almost impossible to explain what makes her more special to Mike than anyone else. Another guest named Tommy at the same party had a similiar dilemma -- relating the plot of Rocky IV. Dude, he said, motioning with his hands to Mike, It's a lot more than you think. Tommy continued with about twenty minutes of tedious plot description before adding, I can't explain what the movie did to me. There's so much more to it. It's emotional.
Now that the sixth installment of the Rocky series is out, I suspect that I'll hear that sentiment again. The clips suggest that Sylvester S. taps into his old boxer's heart and pulls out another victory. It's a story we love, that fight against all the odds. Strangely, Farrah is also involved in that story, except it's a horribly real fight against cancer. Many years have passed since the dinner party. I wonder if Mike still has his collection and worries about Farrah. I hope that Tommy looks forward to the new Rocky movie and hasn't grown cynical and bored. When boxers get knocked out, they see something referred to as the black lights. I've been hit hard enough to see stars. That was enough for me to get the point, but the world, so wondrous and hideous, has much more in store, I'm certain.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"A definition of peace: the moment when you reload your rifle." Bob Dylan
Drinking movie suggestion: Blood On The Tracks Bob Dylan
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Tuesday! P.S. I put this fur coat on after a breakfast of veal and shark fin soup. Kidding! The fur in the picture is not real.