Thursday, December 11, 2014
off to the hot
We've been getting serious rain all day here in the thirsty valley. Anyone listening to the radio or watching TV over the past couple of days has heard all about the disaster that's about to befall Northern California and the west coast of Oregon. Yes, it's wet and windy but as of right now what we've had is a steady downpour, not a deluge. We, of course, are keeping an eye on the weather map since we have to be out of the house by 3:45 AM tomorrow morning. I was quite concerned yesterday, thinking about having to cancel reservations, rebook, etc. But as of now it all looks like a "go" from here to LA. It's raining there, too, but not enough to cancel the flight to Mexico. At least not now.
Moving on from the weather front to the entertainment front, I heard an interview with Alan Cumming conducted by Terry Gross a few days ago. I am a huge Cumming fan. He's like Meryl Streep in his gift of linguistic imitation. His "real" accent is very Scottish, but he does the flat, affect-less accent of the American mid-west just perfectly, as in Eli Gold on The Good Wife. His German accent in Cabaret is. as it is meant to be, sharp and very guttural and just perfect. So anyway, in this interview, Terry asked him about this movies and he mentioned The Anniversary Party. The Flix® had it, I asked for it, I watched it yesterday. Great cast; Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kevin Kline, Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few. Cumming as a younger man (he was 36 in the film) is interesting to watch especially in light of his later work. It starts as a fairly innocuous story that gradually devolves into utter chaos. It was fun watching these actors in their younger days. Written and directed by Cumming and Leigh.
It's adios from the wet and soggy valley. Tomorrow it will be ¡Hola! from the beach. I don't know what I've done to deserve such a gift, but I'll take it and not ask too many questions.