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Meh. And heh.

Still sick, still whiney, still hiding to keep from spreading germs and whine. Watched a movie that was very hard to take in, but a must-see for anyone who cares about the Civil Rights movement, The Untold Story of Emmett Till. The part that sickens me the most is the wife (Carolyn Bryant) of the man that killed Emmett. 14 years old, put money in her hand for bubble gum. Didn't know (as a Chicagoan) that black boys don't get in situations where they could touch a white woman's hand. So later when he gave a low wolf whistle at her, he was brutally murdered by her husband. But she was never on trial for setting her man on him. I would have liked for the documentary to have mentioned the important role Ebony and Jet magazines played - they showed the very graphic autopsy photos on their front covers and got both national and international interest in the case. Not for the faint of heart.

[ETA] I've mentioned Gwyendolyn Brooks many times in my LJ, but her "The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till" and "A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi" are two of the most powerful poems I've read. They're worth a look, if you aren't familiar already. (I bet most of you are, though.)

In completely unrelated news, cleolinda linked to something this morning that STILL has me baffled. GELFLING SEX HABITS. On Wikipedia!! What on earth? Folks, I loved The Dark Crystal as much as the next person. Hell, every time I sprained my ankle and had to use crutches, I'd drape a sheet across my back and fly like the Landstriders, sure. DON'T YOU JUDGE ME! Hahahaha. Skeksis. Do not EVEN ACT like you haven't played Skeksis. Or hummed the harmonious call of the Mystics. Okay, now I totally want to re-watch the movie today. BUT ON POINT: why on earth is there an entire wiki page that talks about their "possible evolution" and that "musical artifacts dating back nearly to the very beginning of Gelfling history have been found." They... IT IS MAKE BELIEVE, OH MY GOD.

Whenever I think I've gotten too involved in fandom, or LJ, or that sort of thing, I'm always reminded that I am not on FULL NERD ALERT. Jesus. *totally sells house and children to go on quest for The Shard* Okay, this is really funny. Steven Tyler was TOTALLY in the movie! Hahaha.

Thanks to all of you lovelies from the love meme. I normally don't do those, but that was just incredibly lovely of you. I'll wrap myself in plastic (I'll be in a bubble!) and kiss you all! Spread the love for others! This has been a hard month for a lot of you, I think. *hugs* I go sleep now. (I'm totally not - I'm going to watch The Dark Crystal.)


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Aug. 31st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
Feel better love.

Me and my stepdad probably watched TDC a dozen times, my mom never got into the fantasy/sci-fi stuff all that much so she never could figure out why Tom and I were always Hmmmmmmmmmmm

A girl I know had one of those little teacup poodles and I always called it Fizzgig 'cause yo, it LOOKED JUST LIKE Fizzgig but she was dumb, lame, and clueless and didn't know who Fizzgig was.

Aug. 31st, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha! Icon. One of my friends had a Westie/terrier mix named Fizzgig, too.

The witch from that show... I can't think of her name, but I can only say "Gelfling!" in her screech. AUGHRA! That's it. Heeee! My younger sister Beth and I would do that high, lilting call that Kira does to call the landstriders.

...we were dorks.

Aug. 31st, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
big time dorks. but wasn't it fun?

::squishes your head::
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
OH! I know several people who look like Gelflings and whenever someone says so and so is hot, I always DUDE, he looks like a GELFLING and they always look at me like I'm crazy.

I woudln't have put ST in the Gelfling book, but he totally belongs there
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon. I'm probably the only person my age in the US who has never seen (and has no plans to see) The Dark Crystal. *shrug*

But... the geek hierarchy! I was dying. I'm totally linking that in a post of my own today. I love the bottom box: People who write erotic versions of Star Trek where all the characters are furries, like Kirk is an ocelot or something, and they put a furry verson of themselves as the star of the story. Furries!
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't that heirarchy hilarious??? I love the random use of ocelot, too. And I totally want to write that fic. "Furry Mary Sue fic." That SLAYS me.
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Furry Mary Sue Trek Fic. Ooh! We should get Sue to write it! *g*
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee -- The Dark Crystal. I should rewatch it for pr0n potetntial, clearly.

Where did you see the Emmett Till documentary? That sounds fascinating. I had never really thought about the wife's role/culpability in the murder, either, but your take makes a lot of sense.
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
The doc was on DV; I got it on Netflix. It came out last year and caused such a furor, they re-opened the case! Pretty awesome. The first-hand accounts are mindblowing. It was only 50 years ago, too.

When you watch the wife in the courtroom footage, and just after the original verdict of "not guilty" is handed out, she seriously MAKES OUT with her husband on camera. You can tell she's still angry. And... her husband was away when the whistling took place. (Jesus, a kid WHISTLED at her.) She tattled, the whole town spread gossip, and then the 2am kidnapping.

She was the only white in the shop when those kids were in there.
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're not so well; me, I'm dealing with a mysterious set of swollen welts down the left side of my forehead, inexplicable by any means (and I'm out of Benadry creme, dammit).

Heard Debbie Palmer being interviewed about Bountiful, BC, on the CBC's "As it Happens" Tuesday night; forgot, with the mysterious welt and all, to get links when I was on the other computer yesterday (well, that actually had to do with watching The Sentinel blooper reels).

Julia, my brain is still strewn along I-90 between here and Missoula, alas
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I'll go search for some! As should be expected *g* I have lots more to say about this arrest. Jeffs was supposed to go before the judge today, and I slept through it... Gotta find out what's the what.

(She's fine. You're a good mom, Julia. And sorry about those hives!)
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Aug. 31st, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Heh - yeah, I fit in that chart in a few places, too. I haven't fallen victim to Mary Sue Furry Star Trek fic, so there's hope for me yet. :)

The Warren Jeffs arrest is awesome - now if there can be a flurry of other arrests, this can end. Just jailing him won't change anything, unfortunately.

*hugs you*
Aug. 31st, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
AWwwww! *tucks you in and makes you soup* I'm sorry you're not feeling well!
Aug. 31st, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
*leans* Oh, I want someone to tuck me in and make me soup! Any kind. Even stone soup. :)

I've missed chatting regularly with you... *eats Lysol, hugs you*
Aug. 31st, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
I know, I was wondering if you had kid stuff or big plans of some kind today! Then things got all busy, and contracts, and then it was someone's birthday and the cake wasn't even that good.

But *mainly* I am hoping you get well.

*strokes your hair and props your pillows just the way you like them*
Aug. 31st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
No big plans. They're outside enjoying the nice day, I'm sitting with a cup of tea and a blanket and Oprah. My brain is oozing out of my ear. (God, was she always so pedestrian??)

*sniffs* You know me! You know I like my pillows propped just so! *bites lip*

And I am disappointed on your behalf about this CAKE! Tell me all about it!
Aug. 31st, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Well, it was supposed to be a strawberry shortcake, but it was just some dry-ish yellow cake layers and goopy whipped cream and these syrupy strawberries. Meh. It was like, this is the kind of thing that sells itself as strawberry shortcake in the dead of February, you know? Berries, should still be yummy and fresh-ish right about now!

I'm glad the kids are outside to give you a little time and space. Yikes, Oprah just got to all about the feelings and the journalling and the empowering. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Aug. 31st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
They used CANNED strawberries. That is a travesty! And berries are TOTALLY in abundance.

Oh my god, Oprah was "Mmm, hmmm!"-ing to the WELL KNOWN FACT that black women culturally are better kissers than white women. They are interviewing inter-racial couples and it's TOTALLY REINFORCING STEREOTYPES.

I just... HUH? Now I'm gonna have to mock Miss Sofia. "I knowd dey wuz a god." O_O
Sep. 1st, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
oh em gee, my sickness has transmitted through the internet unto YOU. *sobs with shame*

Hello! No speak to you long time. (at least in online years) Just wanted to say, Hope you are feeling better this morning! (& also) Yay: for we both have super fantastic trips to look forward to. BFF make everything better, no? :D
Sep. 1st, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Oh noes, have you been sick, too?? I've been disgusting all week - today's the first day I'm not shivering and sweating, NICE. Poor, poor baby. *makes you soup and smoothes your hair* Less than two weeks before I head out, and about... three for you? ARE YOU GETTING SO EXCITED?!?!?!?

*does all the packing for you, omg*
Sep. 1st, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
STOMACH thing. Bleh. Not, as in, a monster was growing in my stomach, but you know...

All better now. *snugs*

How long are you visiting for? SO EXCITINGGGGG FOR YOU! And yes! I head out on the 21st.

Sep. 1st, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
STOMACH??? Oh, NO. *changes soup to ginger tea* Poor poor Ru. I'm only going away for the weekend (I have this thing about not being home when the kids are in school, because I'm a freak) AND HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO BE GONE, OMG!!!

Dude, I am SO EXCITED for you. This is going to be such a great trip: food, family, travel, family, did I mention food? :*
Sep. 1st, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
You are NOT A FREAK! Okay, yes you are, but that does not preclude you from being an AWESOME MOM.

Horsies! That's always been on my mind ever since you told me about them. *pets beautiful horses* She's not going to have to leave them behind when she moves, is she? *worries*

Am going for three weeks! Be back on 17th of October (yayz). Speaking of food... BOOM. *salivates*
Sep. 1st, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that is PERFECT TIMING. I'm totally drooling at the thought of all of that delicious food! But three weeks??? *pines in advance*

And as to Chrissy leaving her horse (she only owns one now - Loki died a few years ago) that would never happen. *g* Doc (her quarter horse) is being chauffered to Florida a day after she leaves to his nice new digs a few blocks away from their house. I'm trying to convince her to come pick up one of the Katrina-victim horsies being boarded by my house so Doc has a buddy. He's leaving all of his buddies at the breeding facility. :)
Sep. 1st, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
*clings 2 u for strength*
*(in advance)* :D

And your suggestion is a wonderful idea! *loves your mind*
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