Sunday, March 19, 2006


Both Michael K and Joy were having trouble with photos today, and I fear I'm in the same situation. Don't know if it's Blogger/Blogspot or Picasa, but I do know I can't show you some pictures from Tuscany that my brother took last year that I planned to share. Maybe tomorrow.

I saw some friends play music this weekend at the wonderful Gypsy Den, and one of them told me that he checks my blog whenever he needs a Jake fix. Christ, I felt like such an idiot. My old blog (gone from the web when my mother found it and read entries that were never intended for her eyes) was, well, more introspective and a much better read.

I've been thinking about it off and on today, and I'm going to take the plunge and lighten up a little bit on Jake (gasp) and delve into some meatier issues. I'll probably take it slow because, as I explained once before, the state of this country and the state of the world have me pretty depressed, and as a defense mechanism, I've forced myself to pay less attention to things that I would typically expound on at great length. Another difference between this blog and the one of old is that I wrote about my father's long illness and death and my subsequent period of mourning. He's been gone almost three years now, so I'm past the acute phase of grieving and am more settled from that insane period of my life (he had Alzheimer's, so it was crazy). Anyway, just a warning/foreshadowing of what lies ahead.

In other news, I watched Walk the Line on Friday. I'm not going to write much about it because I wasn't really that impressed. To me, it was a Movie of the Week quality film with two good performances. I also thought it was over-long by 15-30 minutes. Joaquin Phoenix was definitely the standout for me, I thought he was terrific. I was actually the tiniest bit disappointed in Reese Witherspoon's performance, but probably only inasmuch as it has been way over-hyped. Does anybody know if June Carter-Cash was really that squeaky clean? I truly don't know, but I'm suspecting Reese sanitized her a bit. Thoughts? Prior knowledge?


At Sunday, March 19, 2006 10:31:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

I am glad you said that about WTL. That's the reason I didn't want to go was it seemed bland. (Reese sorta drives me crazy.)

Bland and cleaned-up. (Although the singing looked good!)

At Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:18:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Flix - The singing was very good, but there was way too much of it. They could have edited 15-20 minutes of singing, and there still would have been plenty to enjoy.

At Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:19:00 PM, Blogger ffleur said...

First, Tuscany! OMG, yes please post pictures ASABA (as soon as Blogger allows). And if there are any pictures of Tuscan food; definitely post them. Nothing makes me happier than foccacio bread. I'm a bread-whore!

Second, I'm sorry about your father. What a difficult time that must have been. I used to dread the thought of my parents dying and felt I would fall apart if they passed. But I've gotten better about that issue and my parent, thankfully, are still around. I'm glad the old blog helped you deal with it all. Journaling is theraputic.

Third: I'm all for you writing about serious issues. You strike me as an intelligent, literate person. I'm sure it will be interesting and fascinating reading. I'm a spunky little Cdn-hippie-socialist. My county's politics are very different from yours. I would enjoy reading your viewpoint.

4th: I think our little blog-o-sphere is nicely varied. Joy-gossip/fashion/music, Getflix-home reno/movies, ffleur-books/music/pictures/Canadiana, NV-mummyhood/storms, Pixie-youthful rebellion, Bird-birds/teaching, Darcy-fashion/Zen/food. So I think we def have room for politics. I hope you will still post your lovely photography.

5th: June C-C - squeaky clean? I don't know but I bet she did the "slide-guitar" (wink,wink) with Johnny b4 marriage!!!

At Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:57:00 PM, Blogger Leisa said...

hi la - it's a blogger/blogspot problem and it was driving me crazy today! it finally seems to be working again. sorry about your dad. my dad currently has parkinsons/alzheimers and is now in a home. sucks. i do better when i don't think about it. anyways,i enjoy your blog and share your jake love. thanks for participating at mine....

At Monday, March 20, 2006 11:28:00 AM, Blogger Jesús said...

Hey LA, how nice to read this post. You know, I was expecting to find an interesting blog in English of someone who was willing to share emotions and thoughts, appart from the delicious feeling of commenting on celebrities.
My own blog, written in Spanish, is about what I feel and believe, nothing more (I wish you were able to read it). Don't know if this will be lost in transaltion, but I believe that to read and to be read is a great way to cure oneself from real life contradictions.
I'm also past a very hard stage of mourning, and it helped a lot to spit out what I felt to the keyboard and post it. Also, I live in a country in not such a good state, as you must know very well. Here, you gotta think about every issue, produce an opinion, share it, and leave no stone unturned, a blog is a great place to do that. A
fter all, no matter which country we are from, if we think about world's population, very few of us have acces to internet, even fewer to blogs. That means we have in some way compromises and obligations with the world, to give back a bit of these blessings we've received, haven't we? We gotta think and put the good ideas in motion...
So I guess I found the blog I was looking for, to check if we feel/think the same way about issues we can relate to...without of course, leaving the bitching aside ;) Go for it, lots of us will enjoy

At Monday, March 20, 2006 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Jesús said...

And by the way, no, the photos aren't working sucks!!!

At Monday, March 20, 2006 12:17:00 PM, Blogger joy said...

There is something very wrong with uploading images for the past couple days, also when I visit blogs I get massive pop-ups from blogger?

At Monday, March 20, 2006 1:42:00 PM, Blogger Pope-rah said...

holy crap, la. i saw walk the line this weekend too and i was disapointed. i live in nashville and so i'm sure that jaded me but seriously, should she have gotten an oscar for that? joaquin looked hot though.

At Monday, March 20, 2006 4:00:00 PM, Blogger PixieGaf said...

LA I saw Walk The Line a week ago and I was also not that impressed. It sort of seemed like the movie glazed over important or scandelous events. If you ask me the only good thing in the movie was Joaquin Pheonix.

At Monday, March 20, 2006 7:29:00 PM, Blogger Pope-rah said...

Are you the same LA from junk feud? i totally loved that blog. the fake cellphone conversations are some of the funniest shit I've ever read.

At Monday, March 20, 2006 7:29:00 PM, Blogger Pope-rah said...

Are you the same LA from junk feud? i totally loved that blog. the fake cellphone conversations are some of the funniest shit I've ever read.

At Monday, March 20, 2006 10:40:00 PM, Blogger Mike V. said...

I look forward to see how you change things up, though I do like your blog now (otherwise I wouldn't bother to click through, of course)
Even though I can't even spell Jakes last name and I don't know a knit from a knot, you're fun to read and smart and funny.

Oh, and I liked Walk The Line, but you are correct, it's not THAT big a deal.
I though both actors were very good.

At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 12:16:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

First, I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my assessment of Walk the Line!

pope-rah - No, I'm not the LA from junk feud. I've been asked that before, I think she's about half my age!

Jesus - I wish I could read your blog! I speak very little Spanish. I'll try google translator and see if it works out. My sister-in-law was born in Mexico, but she didn't learn to read and write Spanish, she moved to California before she started school, so she won't be able to help me with your blog.

Leisa - Very, very sorry to hear about your dad. Yes, it completely sucks. Hang in there.

Joy - I didn't get any pop-ups but I'll be on the look-out for them!

Ffleur - I honestly think I would do a lot better in Canada. The present administration in the US is enough to drive those of us who engage in critical thought completely insane. We do have a nice blogging group, and I look forward to going off in some new directions a bit. I'll post Tuscany tomorrow.


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