Friday, June 30, 2006

A Good Woman

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Lady Windemere's Fan, Oscar Wilde

I had no idea this movie existed. It was never released to theaters, but I found it at Borders. It's an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play (Lady Windemere's Fan) starring Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson. The setting has been updated to 1930's Italy but all the famous Wilde dialogue is still there. It concerns a woman (Hunt) with a reputation as a maneater who sets out to destroy the perfect marriage of Mrs Wildemere. Movie was obviously shot with a low budget, but the acting is good and well, you can't really completely mess up an Oscar Wilde play, can you? This movie was a pleasant surprise. Nothing spectacular, but an OK little movie.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

noticed something

Has anyone noticed that all the great movies on cable's premium channels are on weekdays at 8am????All the classics, the cool movies.
Then at prime time, it's the 198th showing of "The Day after Tomorrow".


I was sitting here trying to write something and suddenly I look out my window.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

to a.

I was going to post something bitter about unfairness,
or something sad about not being able to work with you again,
but I decided to write something happy,
because it's a day that will bring happiness to you.'s an old, and wonderful Roy Rogers tune.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you 'till we meet again


Years ago I used to tell people that my favorite show on tv was Mystery Science Theater 3000. And 9 out 10 people looked at me as if saying "what on earth are you talking about?" Then I used to tell them "It's the show with the silhouettes watching really bad movies and commenting on it." Then some of them wold say "Oh, yes. I've seen that, flipping channels." Then they would look at me as if amazed I would like something like that.

And it's that MST3K was the ultimate cult show. And it was fun. The jokes would run from double entendres to comments about obscure rock bands. Some references you would get, some you wouldn't. It was a show that made you laugh and made you feel culturally hip at the same time.

And it gave you a chance to see really bad movies from "The Brain that wouldn't die" to oddities like a really awful sci-fi movie with Raul Julia that must have been the nadir of his career.

Unfortunately, the show ended a few years ago, but luckily they are now available on DVD. The other night I was watching an episode and remembering why I liked the show so much. Some of the pop references are kind of dated, but the magic of the show is still there. I love MST3K.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

My only reason to watch the World Cup is gone

The US is gone. Spain is gone. I don't like Argentina. I don't like Brazil and I don't care about the rest.
Back to watching baseball I guess.

Two long weekends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will have July 3rd and July 24th free!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy 4th of July!!!!!
Happy 25th of July!!!!!!!
I am happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


When I look at what's playing today at the multiplex I thank whoever invented the DVD for giving us the chance to see movies made during a time when movies mattered. Movies like "Petulia" a brilliant movie made in 1966 by director Richard Lester. Set against the backdropof San Francisco during the Summer of Love, this is a movie about love, relationships and how they bind us to a life we don't really like.It's about the failure to communicate. In it a doctor (George C. Scott) meets a young woman (Julie Christie) who is physically abused by her impotent husband (Richard Chamberlain). But this is no ordinary love triangle and things are not of the "boy meets girl. boy loses girl. boy gets girl back" variety. This is an adult world. This is a real world.

The movie has a dazzling visual style too. Nicholas Roeg who later directed "Don't Look Now" and "Man who Fell to Earth" was the director of photography.

But what this movie really has is passion and love of cinema. In an interview, the producer of the movie said that after watching the completed film for the first time at a private screening, the director Richard Lester told him: "I don't know if anyone is ever going to watch this film. But even if nobody does you can feel good that our blood is in every frame of it." Will the director of "Click" ever be able to say that?

By the way, "Petulia" was chosen by critics as the third best movie of 1967-1977, conceivably a Golden Age of American Cinema.

Monday, June 26, 2006


I was talking to a couple of people and they all have next Monday (July 3) off. So they can enjoy a four day weekend. But it seems there are no plans for that where I work. Nice morale booster.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

a quote about mediocrity

“"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters”

Ayn Rand (Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982)

The wonderful world of Jeeves and Bertie

One of life's great pleasures is discovering something you truly come to love. Like the day I was a kid and went to the New York Departement store in Santurce and bought my first Beatle album. And suddenly I wanted every Beatle album. Their music offered me a new world. A new way of seeing things.

Well, a few months ago I discovered a writer that creates a wonderful world. And now I want everything he ever wrote, luckily he wrote a lot. His name was P.G. Wodehouse. He was an English writer who writes humorous books. But not "here's another fart" type of humor. He wrote the most, elegant, witty, fun books you can find. And they are not witty in an Oscar Wilde sense, but in a lighter sense,
in a less pretentious sense.

His main creation: Jeeves, the butler who changes the life of well meaning but kind of dim witted English gentleman called Bertie. The interplay between the two of them is magical.(The relationship between butler and millionaire in the movie "Arthur" is obvioulsy based on Jeeves and Bertie). The world that surrounds them of English people with money and some pretending to have money is really cool. He satirizes that world without being mean, something that is so hard to do. There are no cheap shots in his way of portraying that world of appearances. He does it in an elegant and fun way.

But more than that, Wodehouse created "a wonderful world for us to live in and delight in". Somebody once wrote: "Reading Wodehouse always makes me feel good." And that is the key. I can be in the foulest mood, and Wodehouse changes me. He takes a sad song and makes it better.

Wodehouse books are in the Borders "Humor" section in the Plaza store.

Friday, June 23, 2006

fairly decent sunrise

Cool movie

Yesterday I came back from work "con el mono trepao". So I wanted to see a real "light" movie. And I mean really mindless, "I just want to relax " entertainment. So I searched through some really old DVD's I had and found "Hollywood Boulevard".

This movie has a nice story to it.Back in 1974 when Joe Dante (Gremlins) was a fledging director, he told cheapo producer Roger Corman he could make the cheapest movie ever at Corman's New World Pictures. And for $10,000 he created this movie. And it's a truly cool movie. In it a starlet called Candy(Candice Rialson) begins a career doing B movies. She goes from women in prison films to a 1950's nostalgia movie set in 2055. There's also a mad kiler on the loose, you also get Paul Bartel as a director telling Godzilla his motivation ("get the girl and trample as many people as you can"), gratuitous nudity and violence, Mary Woronov as a possibly murderous actress and an appearance by Robbie the Robot.

This film is also a reminder of B movies from the 1970's. These films were shown in drive-ins in the States and were shown here in regular movie theaters in weeks when they had no mainstream movies to show. Most of them were crap, but once in a while a gem like this one would appear.
I bought it at Borders a long time ago.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


"Be disloyal. It's your duty to the human race.
The human race needs to survive and it's the
loyal man who dies first from anxiety or a
bullet or overwork. If you have to earn a
living...and the price they make you pay is
loyalty, be a double agent--and never let
either of the two sides know your real
Under the Garden, Graham Greene


This movie is a real work of the 1960's. It stars Julie Christie, the biggest beauty symbol of the era (and the reason why you know so many thirtysomething women named Lara, she played that character in Dr. Zhivago and the whole world fell in love with her) and it is set in London, fast becomig the hippest city in the world.
This movie was made one year after "A Hard Day's Night" which showed the free, anything can happen spirit of the time. In a way, that was the first 1960's "youth culture" movie and it emphasized all that was positive and hopeful about it.

This movie, though, stresses the fact that the youth culture was as shallow, empty and greedy as the culture it was supposed to replace. Christie plays a working class woman who rises to the top of the modeling industry and finds only emptiness in it. She was able to use all the freedom that the era offered to get what she wanted and got nothing.

The movie also predicts quite accurately how corporations would use the youth culture to sell products. So that all the rebellion and freedom would end up simply as another advertising slogan.

This is quite an interesting movie. And by the way, Julie Christie won the Academy Award for Best Actress for it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


"Don't tell my mother I work in an advertising agency - she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse."
~ Jacques Seguela.

cynical Graham Greene thought

Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil --or else an absolute ignorance.

Graham Greene

A Nos Amours

One of the best movie columns in any newspaper is the one Mike Clark writes in the USA Today every Friday. In it he reviews the latest DDV releases. Not just the blockbusters, but small movies that are worth seeing. And thanks to that column I discovered this truly amazing film. It's one of the most realistic portrayals of adolescence you can see. All the aimlessness, boredom, danger, experimentation is here. But the movie does not judge. It does not take a point of view. And,most interestingly, the movie has almost no continuity. We get to know the main character Suzanne by seeing her in different situations, with her lovers, her family, her freinds, her father. But one scene does not lead to another. We have to fill in the spaces between the scenes. Just like meeting someone in real life. We can't know everything about that person. We just know them by the moments we spend with them.
So the movie can be strange for someone used to the Hollywood way of telling a story. But once you get used to it, it's a refreshing experience. 16 year old Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzzane in her firt film role and she is amazing. One could inmediately tell she would become one of France's leading actresses. And the whole cast is amazing. Every person here feel real.It almost like watching a documentary about family, adolescence, sex, pain, sadness, longing.
This is a really special movie. It's from the Criterion Collection. And it's available at Borders.


Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

Monday, June 19, 2006

the other day at the beach

Stupid porn titles

These are actual porn movie titles. Most are based on tv shows and movies and others are just terrible(but funny) puns. Any favorites? Maybe you can come up with new titles.

2. Dykes Of Hazzard
3. Weapons of Ass Destruction
13. Sperminator
14. Thighs Wide Open
15. I Cream On Genie
16. Cocoa Muffs: 4 Pack
17. I Dream Of Queenie
18. Cream Rinse
19. Backside Story
20. Tits A Wonderful Life
21. All Hands On Dick
22. Whore Of The Roses
23. Cum To Drink Of It
24. Scrambled Legs And Sausage
25. Assfixiation
26. Got Milf # 2
27. Plumb And Dumber
28. Between A Cock And A Hard Place
29. Pulp Friction
30. Vaggie Burger 4 Hours
31. XXX Trek The Man Eater
32. Pussy On A Stick
33. Bad Czechs
34. Whore With No Name
35. Oozefest
36. Johnny Cockman
37. Glazed And Confused
38. Gonad The Barbarian
39. Girth Wind & Fire
40. Great Asspectations
41. Goody Goody Cum Drops
42. Grateful Head
43. Genitals Daughter
44. Genital Hospital
45. Austin Prowler
46. All That Jizz
47. Dicksy Chicks
48. Dude Wheres My Dildo
49. Everybody Loves Rimmin

1999 technology finally reaches my building!!!!!

After 4 years of telling me it will be available "next month", One Link (formerly Adelphia) has finally made Internet available in my building. Now I can also see HDTV and DVR and enjoy Video On Demand. Last Friday I called to order my DVR, they said they had ran out of boxes, that they would be available "next week".

Boxing stage

They fight. It's a controversial "draw" even though the AP had it 116-112. So there's a rematch on PPV. And thousands fall for it. Can't anyone see boxing has become as staged as the WWF??? But then again, people pay $50 to watch that staged show. Never mind.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Paul is 64

I read in the newspaper today that Paul is 64 tomorrow. Years ago he wrote "When I'm 64" for the Sgt. Pepper album. "When I get older/losing my hair/Many years from now" is tomorrow. Time sure rushes by. And I'm glad he's still around. The last surviving songwriter from the greatest rock group ever. His songlist is so incredibly amazing "Yesterday:, "Hey Jude", "Penny Lane" and you could go on and on. And for those who say he was the guy who only wrote love songs, I tell them two words "Helter Skelter", a song so raw it inspired Charles Manson to commit mass murder. No hard rock group can't put THAT in their resume.

Anyway, here's to Paul. The underrated Beatle. The one who was not cool and tortured like John.The one who was not mysterious as George. The one who has always been happy go lucky. The one that wrote most Beatle songs we remember(if you don't believe that, try the "Back in the USA" CD.) The one who has always been my favorite Beatle.

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Cool movie

"This is my happening and it freaks me out!!!!"

This is a really interesting flick. A cult movie per excellence. The year was 1970. 20th Century Fox, desperate for a low budget hit, decided to hire Russ Meyer, an acclaimed director known for skin flicks featuring women with huge breasts to make a sequel to "Valley of the Dolls". He, in turn, hired as the screenwriter an unknown film critic from Chicago named Roger Ebert. Together they created one of the craziest, funniest, most insane movies ever. A movie about a girl group who makes it big in Hollywood, but pays the price.

The movie features drugs, alcohol, sex, Nazis, nymphomaniacs, mass murderers, cheesy "hippy" dialogue, women with big breasts, groovy 1960's rock music. Everything that can make a movie fun. And this movie is fun. It was hailed as one of the 100 best movies ever by Village Voice and as one of the best film of the 1960's by Newsweek.

The DVD is full of extras and features an audio commentary by Roger Ebert who does not consider this a skeleton in his classic but sees it as a fun time.

Check it out. I found it at Borders.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

to a friend who's going away soon

Hay gente que con sólo decir
una palabra enciende la ilusión
y los rosales; que con sólo
sonreir entre los ojos nos invita
a viajar por otras zonas,
nos hace recorrer toda la magia.
Hay gente que con sólo dar la mano
rompe la soledad, pone la mesa,
sirve el puchero, coloca las guirnaldas;
que con sólo empuñar una guitarra
hace una sinfonía de entrecasa.
Hay gente que con sólo abrir la boca
llega hasta todos los límites del alma,
alimenta una flor, inventa sueños,
hace cantar el vino en tinajas
y se queda después como si nada.
Y uno se va de novio con la vida
desterrando una muerte solitaria pues
sabe que a la vuelta de la esquina
hay gente que es así, tan necesaria.

Hamlet Lima Quintana


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

An old movie I saw again

One of the great things about the DVD age is being able to watch again movies I loved as a child. Last night I finally saw a movie I had seen many, many years ago at the old Ambassador theater in Santurce. It's called "Murders in the Rue Morgue", a horror movie "inspired" by the Edgar Allan Poe story. It involves some murders that take place in late 19th century Grand Guinol theater in Paris. It is all perfectly preposterous, it even involves revenge, people dressed up as gorillas and people being buried alive. It is really not a very good movie. But I enjoyed it and at the same time I was trying to figure out why I had liked it so much as a kid. And well, I don't have an answer to that. But I enjoyed it. I wouldn't recommend you buy it, but if you were a little kid and you remember the double features at the Ambassador, may just have a great time.

Monday, June 12, 2006


Interesting to see how predictable everything dealing with it really is.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The French Connection

This movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1971. It won it against "A Clockwork Orange", a landmark Stanley Kubrick film. To me it always seemed that the decision to give the Oscar to "The French Connection" was one of the biggest mistakes in Academy award history. Well, I saw it today again and well, I am not so sure whether I can still think that way.

This is one great movie. I know realize how it combined an European style of filmmaking with an American film noir sensibility. Gene Hackman is absolutely stunning as cop Popeye Doyle, a racist, hateful man that became one of the great antiheroes of the 1970's. The movie has a gritty realism that all action movies lack today. And, it has the best car chase in movies. No CGI. Just amazing stuntwork.

And the movie keeps you glued to your seat. It works as an action film, it works as a character study. It is an amazing movie.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

on friends

The other day I realized something. Of all the friends I had in high school I only keep in touch with one. Only one. Something truly amazing in this world of easy communications thanks to cell phones, e-mail and instant messaging. I guess I lost touch with all of them prior to the coming of the internet. But it is still an interesting thing.

Our high school group consisted of 10 really close friends. We used to meet 4 nights a week and go here and there. When we all went to college, we saw each other on Summer and Christmas breaks, then we saw each other less frequently.
After college, one ended up in Chicago, another one in Detroit, one I have no idea where he is, another went to Boston. I have no idea whether they visit the island, but they don't call if they do.

Then there are others who still live in Puerto Rico. I may run into them at the mall. We say hello,promise that this time "we are really going to get together after work and have a beer".We never do. Once we almost had a four person mini reunion. At the last minute, two of them had to cancel. Then we all did.

Anyway, I wonder if the same thing will happen to the friends I have now. If they will one day dissapear too. If everything is temporary like that. A good friend of mine is now moving to NYC to study and I wonder whether I will see her once or twice and exchange a few e-mails and then, we will lose touch. I hope not. I want to keep the friends I have. Even if they are far away. I want to know how they are doing. And the ones here, well,I would like to keep them close to me. And maybe, if Fate would have it, years from now, to grow old and sit in a park bench together and watch people go by. Life may have other plans, of course. But, damn, I hope not.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The government- doing its part to keep us humble

Just to remind us that we haven't made it just yet to the First World, the Water Authority, will cut the water supply for the whole weekend in order to make "improvements" in the system.

The sports event-party begins

The biggest party-sport event in the world begins today. I am not a big soccer fan, but it's hard not to get involved in all the excitement. Years ago, when the Cup was held in the United States, I went to a couple of games in Chicago to see Spain play. It was a truly exciting time. The fans at the CUp are unlike any other fans, there's more in play than a simple game, it's their national pride that is at stake.
Another time when the Cup was held I was in Majorca and well, you had to stay clear of pubs full of English tourists, they were the rudest people in the world. And another time, when Brazil won I was in Miami and there was an improvised parade around Miami Beach. I don't have to tell you that it featured the sexiest women in the world wearing next to nothing. Quite an unforgettable day.
This year I won't be traveling around the time of the Cup.I'll catch some games on ESPN and Univision. Most of them are during working hours, which is a shame. In this kind of things I usually root for the underdog. So you won't catch me rooting for Brazil, Germany or Argentina.I'm going for Spain(a great team that NEVER wins), the United States (wouldn't the Europeans be pissed if the USA won!!!) and of course, Trinidad and Tobago, the million to one shot.
One more thing , thank god, there's no Ricky Martin song for this World Cup!!!!!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Yogi's quotes

Yogi Berra was a baseball player with the New York Yankees. He had the ability to say the most amazing things. He was the one who coined "It ain't over till it's over." He had a reputation for being dumb, but if you look closely, some of these quotes are truly brilliant. Here are some I like.

# "This is like deja vu all over again."

# "You can observe a lot just by watching."

# "He must have made that before he died." -- Referring to a Steve McQueen movie.

# "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

# "I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."

# "If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else."

# "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."

# "You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."

# "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."

# "Do you mean now?" -- When asked for the time.

# "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."

# "You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left."

# "Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."

# "I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

# "It ain't the heat; it's the humility."

# "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

# "You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours."

# "I didn't really say everything I said."

and my all time favorite and a quote that I pasted in my office cubicle because it explains everything:

"We're lost. But we're making good time."

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

a dolphin out of the blue

I was taking pictures of the bay when suddenly I hear a spash. For a moment I thought someone had jumped from th bridge into the bay. Then I realized it was a dolphin jumping out of the water. I tried taking a great photo, but this was the best I could do.

Cross of Iron

One of the most interesting and unknown channels on cable is FLIX. It's part of the Showtime package and it features an eclectic lineup of movies from the 60's, 70's and 80's. And last night they showed a forgotten movie by legendary director Sam Peckinpah ("The Wild Bunch", "Straw Dogs"). It's called "Cross of Iron" and its a unique war movie. First, because we see war through the eyes of a German platoon, but mostly because it says that soldiers, when in the middle of battle. are not thinking of country and ideals like old movies used to tell us. They are thinking of staying alive. That's all. This being a Sam Peckinpah movie, it also features great battle scenes and some scenes that will make you cringe. FLIX will also show "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia", a truly weird Peckinpah movie about a bounty hunter that carries around, well, the head of Alfredo Garcia (flies buzzing around and all). Not one of my favorite movies, but it it amazing that studios in the 70's would give money for such a bizarre concept.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Mrs. McCartney's long and winding road,,2-2006250730,00.html

When I see something like this, part of me says " I want to see this." and another part of me says "Why should anyone care about what someone did many years ago?"

the other day

The War Wagon

I know a lot of people don't like John Wayne. Especially non-Americans to whom he symbolizes American right wing arrogance. But politics aside, one has to admit Wayne was one of the great movie stars ever and that many of his movies are bona fide classics. While he made some serious movies such as "The Searchers", he also made some really fun movies like the one I saw last night on Encore Westerns. In it Wayne and Kirk Douglas (another amazing screen presence) team up to rob a wagon full of gold. The movie has suspense, but mostly it is a spoof of Western cliches, in a way much more clever than something like "Blazing Saddles". I really enjoyed this movie. And it was great to see someone like John Wayne and Kirk Douglas now that we live in an era when Orlando Bloom passes off as a screen star.

Monday, June 05, 2006

cool place

I remember when this shop opened more than 10 years ago. This was way before Borders. When bookstores here were the likes of Thekes (remember trying to find a book there?) and Bell, Book and Candle. So I went in and suddenly I was in heaven. The place had an entire section on movie books!!!! And not only mainstream movie books. Books on film noir, Italian horror movies, Asian cinema. In there I also found amazing magazines like Video Watchdog and many more. I recall thinking that a place like this couldn't last long. It was too specialized for its own good. I was wrong.
Then Viva Video came along, the coolest video store in Puerto Rico. A place where you could find Truffaut, kung fu movies, Tinto Brass flicks and silent movies! I would never have to go to Blockbuster again.
Unfortunately, it closed down.
But Visual Arts is still open, and it's the greatest place to browse, and you always end up finding something interesting. A small book, an offbeat movie. Check it out.

Ocean Drive

Sunday, June 04, 2006

back from a few days off

I am back from my 4 days in Miami. It was a nice combination of fun and relaxation. Did some shopping, had a some drinks with a friend (was hoping she would be more, but that's another story) from Venezuela who lives there, did some serious eating at Azul restaurant, supposedly one of the best restaurants in the USA, had a massage at the hotel spa,went to South Beach for the obvious reasons you go there. It was a really cool,short and sweet vacation.
Anyway, tomorrow it's back to work and office politics and all that. But I should not think of that..I should enjoy the last few hours of a great vacation.


Mango's Tropical Cafe. Bartenders who dance. Ok. Sexy bartenders who dance.
A party from noon till 5am. Thousands go there every day. Amazing that they haven't opened up one here in Puerto Rico or why nobody has ripped off the idea and made a ton of money.

dusk in Miami

I love that time when it's not quite daytime, not quite nighttime.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

to a friend

Here are your favorite cartoon characters.

will be here this afternoon

Miami Beach...reason why my posts today are kind of short.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The day I met Pacheco

When I was a kid I always wanted to go to kiddie host Pacheco's tv show. But for one reason or another, I never did. Still, his show "Cine Recreo" was still a big part of my childhood. Not only because I like the cartoons that were shown but also because I really liked Pacheco. He seemed like such a nice man. There was an honesty to him. You could tell that he really liked the kids at his show. He projected a warmth which was really special. Anyway, I grew up and although I did not watch his kiddie, I would occassionally see him while switching channels. And it was good to know kids were still enjoying his advice.

Well,one day, it must have been 1994 or so, a friend of mine tells me "let's go have some pizza, but first let me drop something at Pacheco's house." It seemed his family was friends with Pacheco. I could not believe it. I was finally going to meet Pacheco. Me, a thirty something, was finally going to see him. So we dropped by his house, he said hello to me and I was a little kid again. It was such an emotional moment, the only thing thing I could tell him was "I finally meet you.". He must have noticed how I was feeling, and he simply smiled.

Finally when were about to leave, he waved us goodbye, saying "Portense bien" (Behave well). I'll never forget that moment. Pacheco was waving goodbye to me. I waved back, feeling like the luckiest 8 year old in the world.

Oscar Wilde quotes

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.

I can resist anything but temptation.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Only the shallow know themselves.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

there ought to be a law

It's Sunday. You go to the beach. It's kind of crowded but you find your perfect spot.You take out your book. You want to relax. To feel close to nature.You want to breath the amazing ocean breeze.
That is until an asshole is smoking at the beach. Some stupid person has decided that the beach is a perfect place to smoke. So suddenly YOU are inhaling his fucking smoke. For 10 minutes, there's no ocean breze. You don't feel close to nature. You feel you are in a cheap bar with no ventilation. Then,for half an hour, everything's fine, until the asshole gets the urge to smoke again.
Now that they are passing legislation, why not ban smoking at the beach? The beach would be free of cigarette stubs and our lives would be better. How about it?