Friday, October 17, 2014


Hello Kitty

Tell me I am a patient man. Please, I need some support here. A few months ago, we decided that we were going to repaint the first floor of our house. After weeks of discussion and research, I thought we had decided on a sort of aged rose color for the walls. I took my wife to the French version of Home Depot...really, it is identical to Home Depot in layout and design. Here, it is Brico Depot....
We got lots of color samples and tried to match the available colors to what I thought we had agreed upon. Every version of the color my wife liked was not what I thought we wanted. It was just too damn pink! I laughingly referred to her choices as "Hello Kitty" Pink and when I got really disgusted, it became Pepto Bismal....so a bit of a compromise....but when we got home and started painting, it was still just too damn pink for me. My wife liked it. So with the accents, it all kind of harmonized and months later, I am beginning to kind of like it. It's an almost violently daring color statement. t actually works for me, but it took months of acceptance on my part. 
So, on Monday, my wife had the first of her cataract surgeries. A lot of trauma. There were minor complications, but as of last night, her enhanced vision with her new lens implant really began to kick in. The first thing she noticed was how the blues on the TV screen looked! Today she raved over the lobelia flowers on the window sill. Hourly, her vision improved. She said she was seeing colors she had forgotten about. Then sitting at the table, the sun hit the wall full force. Her jaw dropped! "But, that's not the pink we wanted!" she said. But that's the pink we got. She had been seeing a totally different color....Now, it's her turn to have to get used to it, because I'll be damned if I'm going to repaint the house again anytime soon!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Who?

The ongoing collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent (Annie Clark)
from their latest release, Love This Giant.
Now, if the pair could have a child  that they could teach to do synchronized dance moves.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Silence of The Grapes

Here's a little video shot from the point of view of my buddy, Stef of some of the work on October 2 during the vendange at Chateau Vieux Chevrol. I stumble through at some point near the end and do a grape drop....The video is kind of bizarre because of the silence. Usually there is so much noise, I must have been between songs, because that is my survival technique. My co workers always tell me that they know I'm happy because I'm singing. I want to mention also that I haven't been posting much lately because I am taking care of my wife, who immediately after I got back, was scheduled for cataract surgery in both eyes, one at a time. Yesterday was the first surgery and I have become Frankie Nightengale. Cooking, cleaning and trying to think of what else I can do to. One of the hardest things is to not be overly attentive. I tend to make a lot of noise, so I am outside doing yard work. She is at the doctors now getting a post op check up. I am going to make a chocolate gateau.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why Privacy Matters......

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

The Saturday Night Brain Police Cinema Club
..Sit back and relax with a movie I thought had been technically banned. 
Todd Haynes 1987 version of The Karen Carpenter Story!
I saw this when it came out and thought it was brilliant. Haynes uses Barbie and Ken dolls to re enact the tragically bizarre anorexic death of Kern Carpenter. Then the movie disappeared in a fog of legal problems and libel lawsuits. You might want to make an extra bowl of popcorn. You don't want to end up like Karen......
Buster Keaton/The High Sign/1921

There's A Forest

Jack Bruce 1980
I'm speechless....

Friday, October 10, 2014