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6Sep/141

BBC

Posted by Quinn

T-shirt depicting "Olaf" the snowman from "Frozen" with caption "I LIKE WARM HUGS".

Getting chilly for t-shirts, but the cold never bothered me, anyway.

Fun encounter with the fairer sex this morning. Went outside my apartment to the Farmer's Market that usually serves only to deprive me of parking on Friday night. Browsed a little, then to the java stand.  The pretty twenty-something compliments my "Frozen" shirt with a giggle and asks what I'd like.

"Well ... I've been craving a BBC.   A big--"

[beat, anxiety on her face]

"black ..."

[beat, eyes widen]

"... coffee."

She laughs. Funny she knew the acronym-- maybe she's on Craigslist.

Anyway, she pours, I explain I've been wanting to use it for a while. "Well, not use a BBC, but the joke." "You're BAAAAD."

She mentions the shirt again, I say, "Yeah, I watch it a lot with the girls. I mean, I don't watch BBC with them-- er, well, I do" "You're BAD this morning!" "I mean the British Broadcasting Corp."

She finishes pouring, but my cup runneth over.  I helpfully interject, "BBC ain't fitting in there, is it?"

She laughs again.

We smile, we part and I walk home in the cold September rain.

 

10Oct/132

This Book Said The Past Ain’t Through With Us

Posted by Quinn

Yesterday, I watched the second half of Magnolia, started the evening before.  I've watched it dozens of times, and it's gone from "meh" to my top two favorite PT Anderson films.  There's a quote heard throughout, and the last line for narrator Ricky Jay:

And the book says, "We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us."

In what "book" does this quote appear?  After finding a clue on an archived thread that linked to a dead page that I found through the Wayback Machine that turned out to be a fake autobiography of one of the dead site's editorial staff-- well, I found it in an essay:

Bergen Evans: A Natural History Of Nonsense: First Chapter, First Sentence.

Bergen Evans: The Natural History of Nonsense

The full text of "The Natural History of Nonsense" is available from a personal page on the history of Cape Cod.  The book itself is by renowned lexicographer Bergen Evans and concerns superstition in modern times.  I think I'll buy it.  Someday.

 

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