It's retro in every way:
2. that painty spinning wheel thing that I can't remember the name of
4. Laughing Cow, I presume :)
I must quote from the contents (three hippies (four if you count their dog), and two spirographs):
On the back of the spirographs:
"...J and his friend C helped make this box and the only thing I could think to fill it was: Hippies. A box full of hippies for you. Growing up in Cali, a hippie sighting was like bird-watching and very satisfying..."
"We will not eat processed, genetically altered food. Locally grown and organic ONLY. Amen.
"I have modeled my entire life after Jerry. I carry on his legacy."
"I will grow up to be an investment banker!"
(this has to be an homage to "I'm used to be a heroin addict, now I'm a methadone addict".? )
"Woof! Woof! I have a tick on my thigh! Woof! Woof!"
(another homage to: "My name is Rags. Woof! Woof!"?)
I feel like I know these people. I won't mention any names but some of my best friends are hippies! Some are born hippies, some become hippies. And in 2012, some buy their hippieness at Target and wear it on casual Fridays.
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I read the Eudora Welty short story. Thanks for the handy link! It was really atmospheric and transported me from the couch to a place I'd never been before, and it also reminded me of some of the fly specky towns we'd just driven through on our trip. Sometimes this town reminds me of the smallness of that town...where you can't even go out into your own yard without bumping into twenty people you know and probably don't want to see. Most of them being hippies and all!
I never had a thing for Woody Allen, just the movies. I must've been very influenced by Annie Hall. She was so non-commital. It was a very useful attitude in so many ways: "oh, I'm not into addiction...it's too much of a commitment", that sort of thing. I don't remember celebrities I had crushes on, do you? I must have...but this memory of mine is not very memorable. Jeff Bridges was always interesting, especially in The Last Picture Show. If I were a little kid these days and had to pick a celebrity, I don't know that any are really that intriguing. I never went in for those guy bands but then again, they didn't really exist in the 70s/80s, did they? Does David Cassidy count?
I haven't been reading much lately. I'm working my way through a partially annoying graphic novel, "Friends with Boys". I don't know where it's going but it's kind of boring. Then, for work, I'm going to try to get into Negima, a manga series. I tend to like non-fiction more than fiction. I wish I liked fiction more. What have you been reading? If you have any title suggestions, I'd love to try them.
Do you want me to look into doing a display of our mail art here? Or if you'd like to, you can ask to use one of the display cases at your local public library. Let me know what you think.
Well, my aunt and cousin are visiting for the next three weeks which will make it challenging for me to work on much...I will try, but please bear with me. I will get something out to you...
PS: yes, I would love to get together in SF at the maritime museum and musee mechanique (my favorite place even in its new incarnation)...let's try for September?
PPS: do you want to knock around some ideas for a screenplay? Nothing very serious, just brainstorming, etc.