Sunday, December 30, 2012

What a Way to Save Money

 "Mom, I've been thinking about performance art lately.  What do you think of it?"  Bigger Girl really knows how to get a morning going.

Well, i haven't thought much about it, to be honest, at least not lately, i told her.

"There was one lady who delivered her baby in an art museum as a piece of performance art, but I think that's going to far, don't you?"

Humph, i'm not sure it's something i would want to see.

"Also, I'm enjoying exploring different film genres.  I've been watching a Dadaist piece, but it's hard going."


"Well, to be Dadaist, it has to have no plot.  It can have a theme, but it can't have a plot.  That makes it hard, there's a lot of imagery and symbolism, and maybe a theme, but nothing to tie it all together.  So if I wanted to make a Dadaist film, I could show a guy eating spicy food on a train in India, then go to a shot of a lake, then to something totally different.  Then I might show a guy eating a hot dog at a stand in New York or something.  People eating in different places could be the theme, but there would be no plot, and just lots of weird scenes."

Yes, i can see why that wouldn't hold your attention for long, remind me to never watch one of those.

"Yeah, and I can tell you one genre I would never get into, and that's the nudist films of the 1950's and 60's.  Really, it became a big thing for nudist camps to make nudist films then."

No, that's another i wouldn't watch.  Although i can say, at least they saved money on costumes.

"Yes, but what a way to save money!"

Not much longer to this year, folks, go do something worthwhile.  Don't bother with Dadaist film, though.

Today is:

Bacon Day -- for those tired of the same old winter holidays, see

Day of the Declaration of Slovakia as an Independent Eccliesiatic Province -- Slovakia

Fairy Frequent Fliers' Awards

Falling Needles Family Fest Day -- gather the family, watch the needles fall from the tree, and have a party; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Feast of the Holy Family -- Catholic Christian

Festival of Enormous Changes At the Last Minute -- internet generated, and i'm not sure i'm up to it

Kwanzaa, Day 5, Nia(Purpose)

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day -- shouldn't this be on Jan. 1, to help us get over the indigestion from the night before?

No Interruptions Day -- let people finish up what needs to get done before the New Year at work, and silence the devices at home that keep us from spending uninterrupted time with family

Rizal Day -- Philippines (commemoration of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal in 1896)

Sixth Day of Christmas

St. Ruggero of Canne's Day (Barletta, Italy)

Anniversary Today:

Rutherford B. Hayes (19th US President) marries Lucy Ware Webb, 1852

Birthdays Today:

LeBron James, 1984
Kristin Kreuk, 1982
Eliza Dushku, 1980
Laila Ali, 1977
Tiger Woods, 1975
Sean Hannity, 1961
Tracey Ullman, 1959
Matt Lauer, 1957
Meredith Vieira, 1953
Patti Smith, 1946
Davy Jones, 1945
Michael Nesmith, 1942
Del Shannon, 1939
Noel Paul Stookey, 1937
Sandy Koufax, 1935
Russ Tamblyn, 1934
Bo Diddley, 1928
Jack Lord, 1920
Bert Parks, 1914
Simon Guggenheim, 1867
Rudyard Kipling, 1865

Today in History:

Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, crowns his son Robert the Pious king and co-ruler, 987
A Muslim mob storms the royal palace in Granada, crucifies Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacres most of the Jewish population of the city, 1066
Tokyo is hit by an earthquake, about 37,000 die, 1703
The first coffee is planted in Hawaii (Kona), 1817
Gyula, Count Andrássy, of Hungary, issues the Andrassy Note, calling for Christian-Muslim religious freedoms, 1875
Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," premieres, 1879
The American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans, 1903
Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy, 1906
The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, which later laid down the foundations of Pakistan, 1906
Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student, 1919
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed, 1922
Japan dedicates the first subway in the Orient (route under 2 miles long), 1927
The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opens at the New Century Theatre and becomes the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award, 1948
In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record , 1981
Israel and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations, 1993
Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin, 2005
The last roll of Kodachrome film is developed by Dwayne's Photo, the only remaining Kodachrome processor at the time, concluding the film's 74-year run as a photography icon, 2009


  1. I promise to stay away from Dadaist films. Finally a promise I can keep. Happy New Year.

  2. Happy New Year, Stephen, to you and your family.

  3. Well thanks for allowing me to add the Dadaist term to my vocab.

    I hope you and the family have a wonderful New Year.


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