Friday Fives

1. If you could suddenly speak one language fluently (that you don’t currently speak) what would it be?

       Italian.  It’s beautiful, like Spanish and French.  Really, they are all the same.  Look at the word roots, they are almost identical.  There are just pronunciation differences.  They are called ‘indoEuropean’ and/or ‘Romance languages.  Here is the deal, just learn one.  with one, you can pick up on the others.  Like… I speak Spanish.  So, we were Italy last year.  While I didn’t necessarily understand people speaking fast to me… I could totally get the gist of a menu and signs.

2. If you were to suggest a foreign film, that you really enjoyed, what one would you suggest?

one of my favorite films is ‘Like Water for Chocolate’.  It’s in Spanish (Como Agua para Chocolate).  It is the stirring and awesome and perfect love story.  Tita teaches us food tastes different when it is made with love.  See it.  That is an order.  It has English subtitles.  The subtitle thing seems annoying at first… but you don’t even notice it after a bit.  it’s like those old letter box movies.

I should add that I have no second or third place here.  Generally, I don’t much like foreign movies.  I don’t want to work to see a movie.  I don’t want to read, or get subtext… I just want to be entertained.  This film is a grand exception, though.  Honestly, buy a bottle of wine and watch it.

3. If you had to call another country home (other than the one you currently live in) what one would you choose?

Italy.  I have been a bunch of places around the world, but Italy was the best.  Why?  Well, everything in Italy was made in Italy.  So, they created a sustainable culture.  The plates, the clothes, the jewelry, silverware… everything I found there was made in Italy.  Look at EVERYTHING you own.  Everything you can see, it is made in China or somewhere in Asia.

Also, they love coffee more there than even I do.  Every third business was a ‘Bar’.  But, bar means coffee bar… not booze.  The wine is plentiful and cheap…  and also local.  In closing, the food.  The food was wicked good, and also very reasonably priced.  Here is something interesting about the food there.  At ZERO restaurants did we find salt or pepper at the table.  There was no condiments anywhere, ever.  Why?  Because their food was really good, and they knew it.  So, they won’t let you fuck with it. I dig that. slobs, they had pride in how they looked.  Plus, like everyone on earth… they feel their government is totally fucking them over at all times.

I just dug the culture.  People seemed nice, and happy.  and they dressed well.  People didn’t go out looking like fat slobs.  They looked good, and dressed up.  I like to see that kind of pride and style.  We could use that.

4. If you went out to buy an import music CD, what one would you buy?

In England, they are obsessed with ‘B’ sides.  Extra recordings that never get put on the full album release.  See, let’s say there is a single of  “rolling in the deep” and you want to sell a ton of singles.  What can you put on the other side?  you can’t put “someone like you” on the other side.  Why?  Because you could get that from buying the CD/Cassette/Album.  They want to sell you the single AND the CD.  How?  Because if you bought the single, you would get a ‘B’ side single that is otherwise unreleased.  So, catalogue releases are more thorough in England.

5. If you were to chose an ethnic dinner, what would it be?

mexican?  I don’t think i understand, or like, the question.   but, I want to go to bed, so I will not over think it.


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