quarta-feira, junho 24, 2015

Random Stuff

Yes, I am alive!
Yes, I know this blog looks abandoned!
Yes, I do care about it!
No, I don´t have time to come here all the time!
No, I did not abandone this blog!

And I will try my best to post some more from now on!!!

Here are some random old photos that for some reason I never deleted from my computer.
They´re all from last year while I was living in Memphis.
My comments on them will be as random so if you want to know more about this or that, just ask! -- I do bite but chances are I will not want to bite you.

 One Saturday night I was with friends and asked this one friend if the next morning he was going to Al Green´s church, he said no... ok
So next morning he´s knocking at my door and tells me I have 30 minutes to get ready because he had changed his mind and we were going to the church.
Yes, it is the same Al Green who got famous decades ago with nice romantic songs.... He´s been a priest/bishop for awhile now.
The service is something amazing! It´s like to be part of their group you must to know how to sing... they start preaching and then out of the blue they sing and it is so beautiful!!!
Al Green comes later and talks to us about the bible, about life, about how to behave, be a good person and "normal" church subjects.... He does sing! and I loved it! But don´t expect to listen to his old hits, these are all gospel songs that (I think) are not famous unless you´re a church goer.
You can take photos and record the service, many people did, I did! but the photos were all from a distance and not good quality (I have the decency to not bring a pro camera, took my photos with a cellphone).
Respect the place!
It is not a concert and even if you´re a fan he is there as a bishop/priest, not an artist.

After the church (from 11:30 to 2PM) my friend invited to go have lunch at China Inn (the place is close to the Al Green Church, on Elvis Presley Boulevard (around 5 minutes south of Graceland (yes, Elvis Presleys house)).
My first impression of the place: it needs Gordon Ramsey to come and give it a makeover! LOL
But there were lots of people in line, the place was packed!  I though: "these people like bad places, is the food that cheap or what?"
And this sign sayin the maximum staying is 2 hours... WTH?!
Ok, we got to a table and went to get our food at the buffet. There are two: Chinese food and Soul food (mine was 99% Chinese).

Ok, now the craziness starts: Their food is THAT good and I wanted to try everything they had. hahahah  Lucky me the Chinese side wasn´t so crowded, most people wanted the southern food, there was a line all the time I looked!
So me and my friend were there looking around and people coming and going and from where I was I could see that there was still a waiting line and we couldn´t stop eating. OH, my God!
At some poing I was like "ok, I get why the 2 hours maximum stay".

After eating till we couldn´t move we stoped at Graceland.... just because.

In Augsut there is a nice festival downtown called Memphis Music & Heritage Festival and even though I wasn´t really feeling festive (I was pretty heartbroken, that´s the truth) I decided to go..... and, yay, had fun!

Later that day a friend asked me if I wanted to help and work/volunteer for the Center for Southern Folklore.
My job: sell beers.
Oh, how much I needed all the laughs....

This is one of the beers I sold
Wish it tasted like pecan.....
This beer tasted more like soy juice!

This one is from Mississippi.

 mmmm yummy

Earlier that same day I met a girl who were performing some Brazilian songs.... since I am Brazilian I went there to congratulate her (well, also because he was really good).
Instant friendship(to months later I find out the girl is a nut case (worse than me!)).
This is part of her outfit.... 
I had to try it on, of course ;)

I don´t even know why this was here on my computer....
but I agree 100%

 Got this at Dragon China, a (I´m sorry) bad Chinese restaurant in Midtown.
I think the place is closed by now (can´t believe it would last much longer, it was that bad :/ ).

Dry white wine, my favorite (not necessarily this brand).
I got it because we would have an evening full of shooting stars and my idea was to sit in my backyard and have some fun watching the sky.
lol I remember the Friday afternoon when I opened it.... two hours later I drank it all and was happy/drunk.

And talking about cheap stuff, here is a classic good one.

The moon behind a nice art piece at Overton Square.
I miss it that place :(

The Rainbow Lake.
I took this photos to send to this guy I was dating - or hanging out, or making out, or fucking or whatever; in the end he didn´t want a "real" relationship.
I love that area of Overton Park anyway.

 I miss "my park" so much!!!!
All the trails
and you can also get lost in there... to "find" yourself surrounded by amazing spots.

This was my backyard in a heavy rainy day
also my porch, flooded.
I am telling you, it rained a lot!!! the drains weren´t as fast as the rain. Was I desperate?! 
Never saw it "in person", just on the news/movies.... then I had water up to my ankles and it was right in front of my door :/ 

Could this post be more random than now I post a photos of the ceiling of Shelby Foote´s bathroom?
It looks like a circus tent, I like it ;)

 If you´re downtown go see the sun setting, it is gorgeous!!!
These were taken from a patio in the back of the Cecil Law School; you can sit there and admire the view ;)

 Again, random stuff...
This goes well with the news I got today.


segunda-feira, junho 08, 2015

"Four candles" by The Two Ronnies

Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett had the show "TheTwo Ronnies" from 71 to 87, I´ve seen so many but no doubt "Four candles" is my favorite!
The best part is, no matter how many times I watch it, even reading the script, I still have a hard time understanding... and I love it!!!!!!!

And because it really is hard to understand, here is the script; enjoy ;)

 In a hardware shop. Ronnie Corbett is behind the counter, wearing a warehouse jacket. He has just finished serving a customer.
CORBETT (muttering): There you are. Mind how you go.
(Ronnie Barker enters the shop, wearing a scruffy tank-top and beanie)
BARKER: Four Candles!
CORBETT: Four Candles?
BARKER: Four Candles.
(Ronnie Corbett makes for a box, and gets out four candles. He places them on the counter)
BARKER: No, four candles!
CORBETT (confused): Well there you are, four candles!
BARKER: No, fork 'andles! 'Andles for forks!
(Ronnie Corbett puts the candles away, and goes to get a fork handle. He places it onto the counter)CORBETT (muttering): Fork handles. Thought you said 'four candles!' (more clearly) Next?
BARKER: Got any plugs?
CORBETT: Plugs. What kind of plugs?
BARKER: A rubber one, bathroom.
(Ronnie Corbett gets out a box of bath plugs, and places it on the counter)
CORBETT (pulling out two different sized plugs): What size?
BARKER: Thirteen amp!
CORBETT (muttering): It's electric bathroom plugs, we call them, in the trade. Electric bathroom plugs!
(He puts the box away, gets out another box, and places on the counter an electric plug, then puts the box away)
BARKER: Saw tips!
CORBETT: Saw tips? (he doesn't know what he means) What d'you want? Ointment, or something like that?
BARKER: No, saw tips for covering saws.
CORBETT: Oh, haven't got any, haven't got any. (he mutters) Comin' in, but we haven' got any. Next?
(He goes to get a hoe, and places it on the counter)
BARKER: No, 'O's!
CORBETT: 'O's! I thought you said 'O! (he takes the hose back, and gets a hose, whilst muttering) When you said 'O's, I thought you said 'O! 'O's!
(He places the hose onto the counter)
BARKER: No, 'O's!
CORBETT (confused for a moment): O's? Oh, you mean panty 'o's, panty 'o's! (he picks up a pair of tights from beside him)
BARKER: No, no, 'O's! 'O's for the gate. Mon repose! 'O's! Letter O's!
CORBETT (finally realising): Letter O's! (muttering) You had me going there!
(He climbs up a stepladder, gets a box down, puts the ladder away, and takes the box to the counter, and searches through it for letter O's)
CORBETT: How many d'you want?
(Ronnie Corbett leaves two letter O's on the counter, then takes the box back, gets the ladder out again, puts the box away, climbs down the ladder, and puts the ladder away, then returns to the counter)
CORBETT: Yes, next?
BARKER: Got any P's?
CORBETT (fed up): For Gawd' sake, why didn' you bleedin' tell me that while I was up there then? I'm up and down the shop already, it's up and down the bleedin' shop all the time. (He gets the ladder out, climbs up and gets the box of letters down, then puts the ladder away) Honestly, I've got all this shop, I ain't got any help, it's worth it we plan things. (He puts the box on the counter, and gets out some letter P's) How many d'you want?
BARKER: No! Tins of peas. Three tins of peas!
CORBETT: You're 'avin' me on, ain't ya, yer 'avin' me on?
BARKER: I'm not!
(Ronnie Corbett dumps the box under the counter, and gets three tins of peas)
CORBETT (placing the tins on the counter): Next?
BARKER: Got any pumps?
CORBETT (getting really fed up): 'And pumps, foot pumps? Come on!
BARKER (surprised he has to ask): Foot pumps!
CORBETT (muttering, as he goes down the shop): Foot pumps. See a foot pump? (He sees one, and picks it up) Tidy up in 'ere.
(He puts the pump down on the counter)
BARKER: No, pumps fer ya feet! Brown pump, size nine!
CORBETT (almost at breaking point): You are 'avin' me on, you are definitely 'avin' me on!
BARKER (not taking much notice of Corbett's mood): I'm not!
CORBETT: You are 'avin' me on! (He takes back the pump, and gets a pair of brown foot pumps out of a drawer, and places them on the counter) Next?
BARKER: Washers!
CORBETT (really close to breaking point): What, dishwashers, floor washers, car washers, windscreen washers, back scrubbers, lavatory cleaners? Floor washers?
BARKER: 'Alf inch washers!
CORBETT: Oh, tap washers, tap washers? (He finally breaks, and makes to confiscate his list) Look, I've had just about enough of this, give us that list. (He mutters) I'll get it all myself! (Reading through the list) What's this? What's that? Oh that does it! That just about does it! I have just about had it! (calling through to the back) Mr. Jones! You come out and serve this customer please, I have just about had enough of 'im. (Mr. Jones comes out, and Ronnie Corbett shows him the list) Look what 'e's got on there! Look what 'e's got on there!
JONES: (who goes to a drawer with a towel hanging out of it, and opens it): Right! How many would ya like? One or two?
(He removes the towel to reveal the label on the drawer - 'Bill hooks'!)