28 January 2006

Movie And Movin' It!

I had made plans with Miss Patti and I just couldn't blow her off totally. I am getting very nervous about her upcoming surgery. I haven't let on to her that it is beginning to scare the living hell out of me. I know it's major surgery. It has a lot of risks. I do not know what I would do without her and this is beginning to make me very scared. She's been so cool with it and I don't want to alarm her so, I just act like nothing is wrong but, inside, I am shaking. She means the whole world to me.

Anyway, we went to the movies and saw
Memoirs of a Geisha. I really had high expectations for the film and I don't want to sound as if I didn't like it but, it just didn't really flesh out the book in the manner I was expecting. My biggest impression from the book was all about the process of becoming Geisha, and the kimono. The art of making them, and the art of wearing them. I know that it would be quite hard to visualize something like that. Maybe that's why they concentrated on the rivalry of the characters instead but, when the book described the kimonos, the seasonal ones, and the special event ones, and how they wore them, the process and the reasons for why it is so structured and ceremonial, my impression was that the kimono was central to the art of geisha, and that was lost in the movie. A geisha house was nothing without it's "library" of kimonos, they are extrodinarily expensive to produce, especially from a well known artisan. Any house with a store of the finer kimonos would be a great geisha house. That was my impression from the book. The actresses were beautiful and some of the scenes were breathtaking. It was a fine movie on it's own but, I don't feel I learned as much about that secretive world as I did through the book.

Patti wanted to go out (and did, to the casino and a karaoke bar) but, I was still in my mood. I begged off and she dropped me at the gym.
That did the trick to get me out of my mood! I had a wonderful workout, I attacked the machines like nobody's business and caught a few of the girls on the treadmills checkin' me out! That's always good for the ol' ego. Nobody was really there so it was almost like having the place to myself. I really am getting bigger. I just reviewed some of the pictures from Wednesday and I was suprised at how I looked. As soon as I get them downloaded, I'll post.

I guess it's time to wind down and get some rest. I have to fix Miss Patti's toilet tomorrow. Yes, I can do such things. I have many skills, just don't tell anyone.

Oh, just because, I emailed my entry Dear Oprah, to Oprah. I figured she's not a part of J-land so she might not come across it in her daily rounds.


  1. I haven't seen that movie yet; but I did read the book and you are right, the kominos were a big part of it; to be able to convey that on the big screen would be hard to do.

    Good for you to work out! Take that bad mood and put it to good work toning those muscles of yours


  2. I don't think I have ever really liked a movie after I had read the book. I swear if it weren't for car chases, explosions, gratuitous nudity and surround sound I'd only read books......

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  3. glad your looking good..but jealous that I have so far to go. "attack the machines" lol I cringe in fear of those torture devices..lol