Monday, April 19, 2004

From real-life resum├ęs:
"The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers."
"Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting."
"Reason for leaving last job: Maturity leave."
"Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."

Palestine: the Quiz Show! I'm not kidding! Who said militant Palestinians had no sense of humor?

A Taste Of Summer...

What a great weekend! New York was like early summer for two days, as temperatures rose to 80-85F (26-28C), sleeves got shorter and souls, lighter. Flowering trees were everywhere, especially the odd fruitless Callery pear trees that line many Manhattan streets.

It was a full weekend, with theater on Friday, a day in the country Sunday, and the momentous switchover to a much faster computer. Details to follow...

I rented the 1991 movie "Tito and Me" through Netflix, and was very entertained. Set in 1950s Yugloslavia, it's about a chubby little boy who lives with a bickering, dysfunctional extended family in a cramped apartment, and who idolizes Tito. By writing a prize-winning poem, he gets to join a group of youngsters on a hike to Tito's homeland in Croatia, and has a lot of difficulties. With a playful and brassy jazz soundtrack, "Tito" nonetheless captures the period beautifully, interspersing real footage, with much humorous effect. Note that this was the last movie made in Yugoslavia before that country crumbled and its citizens became warring factions. Especially ironic is the Belgrade kids singing a hymn to their 'brother city' Zagreb, now capital of Croatia. For Tito, the master of Serb-led Yugoslavia, was a Croat, and tolerated no tribalism - 'we are all communists and Yugoslavs, etc....' Tito ruled with the same 'cult of personality' as his Stalinist peers. You could even call his reign "Stalin lite" : - )

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