On the suggestion of a friend I started experimenting with doing the ongoing theme of forgotten Oscar nominees whenever I didn’t have any better ideas,
I was beginning to start working on a Christmas playlist to start later this week and I started by starting to look for Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite when out of habit I searched for a Rhapsody instead and found his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.
Now I try not to repeat most of the better known Rhapsodies too much (you know who; Gershwin, Liszt, Brahms and Queen) the whole point of these posts are to discover new material. But to listen to two of the greatest American composers combined… well… please forgive me my moment of weakness.
From left to right they are
1. Kumkwaml – Underssea chief
2. Nulamala – Fool Dancer
3 Nuxalk – Human bird face
4 Nuxalt – Human face
My apologies when I was transcribing this I realized I didn’t know if the Salish words are the names of the masks or the names of the tribe that made it (though I’m mostly sure on 3 and 4)
The ride started out about average slowed down a little by the usual lights but well enough that I hit the five minute mark just as I turned into Greenlake. From there It went really well averaging a pace of 3.50 minutes a mile. But I was still certain that this was still in the new average category especially when I had to stop for a car and a dog and finally caught for about 30 seconds on my old nemesis… the light on 65th and Ravenna.
However when I got home I found that I had done it in 34.21 minutes an improvement from the previous record by over a minute! and while I am totally stoked my glee is slightly spoiled by wondering what my time would have been by catching that last light!
For this week’s theme I decided to take a break and do some lighter fare and watch some movies based on French comics.
I’d seen the first of the live action adaptation of Asterix staring Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu as Astérix and Obélix and enjoyed. I had intended to watch the second one Asterix and Cleopatra but got things a little mixxed up and ended up picking up the third Asterix and the Olympic Games.
LIke the first one this one was an enjoyable peice of fluff that doesn’t pretend to be a fun hour and a half it for anyone who is going in as a history buff don’t bother… The place name’s are the same and Julius Ceasar was a real person but other wise everything is pure fantasy what I like to call a “Flintstones” setting. But don’t let that bother you it’s one big live action cartoon that was never intended to be taken seriously.
My biggest problem with series as a whole is because Depardieu is a bigger name, Obelix gets much more screen time than Asterix the title character (Now played by Clovis Cornillac). It’s even more so in this film where Asterix and Obelix are virtually background characters in their own movie.
But it makes up for it with Depardiieu making fun of his own Cyrano role by providing romantic lines for the romantic lead minutes he does the same thing for his dog who is trying to get a poodles attention.
The next film I watched was The Rabbi’s Cat an adaptation of the series of the graphic novels by Joann Sfarr of the same name (also directed by Sfarr). I’ve been a fan of Sfar’s work for some time, and this is a glorious adaptation of the material providing a wonderful portrait of life in 1920s through the eyes of talking cat.
This is a glorious film beautifully animated recreating Sfar’s art perfectly. My only problem with it is that it is very much just a piece of the Graphic novels and while it is a very tasty slice of the cake you still miss the rest.
I didn’t expect to be crowing about a bike ride so soon after Wednesday’s hurdle but this one is just too sweet.
My Friday ride had been spoiled because of a flat tire on my front week that took me an embarrassing amount of time to notice to the point that I was worried that I had damaged my tire. Which along with not getting the day’s workout in it meant finding time to take my bike to the shop without wasting too much time in the day.
Now the most annoying thing about a flat on the front wheel is that it’s difficult to walk. In fact it’s easier to carry your bike over your shoulder. In this instance though “easy ” is a very relative term. Let’s just say at times like this I can tell exactly why road bikes pass me on my hybrid like I’m not moving… Did I mention Recycled Cycle’s os almost a mile away?
Happily the damage was not even close to as bad as it looked with the tire hanging out of the wheel the way it was and all I needed was a replacement tire.
Anyway all this means in the end was I had to do my workout today on saturday. I’d been debating with myself whether I should switch from Monday/Wednesday/Friday to every day. Pedantic I know but it might make a difference. Anyway, at first I thought I’d had a slow start until I was having that wonderful feeling of wondering if Runkeeper was working properly when I had passed my five minute mark (usually somewhere between the I-5 bridge and the traffic light at Greenlake) by a good 500 yards.
Anyway it went like this all the way doing 3.5 minute miles and only getting slowed down slightly with a few hiccups in traffic. In the end my time was 35:06 minutes! improving on Wednesday’s time by a whole minute!
Now I realize this improvement could have been effected by such factors as decent tire pressure and Runkeeper getting just a little eccentric in the rain, but the moment I don’t care! I’m owning this!