Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thoughts on Elizabeth Taylor, Virginia Woolf, and a Mr. Sirius Brave New World

**Updated 10:11PM 7/29/2014: See below.**

Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79 ...

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OK, my plan for a lengthy entry got nixed. I will update this blog probably on Friday or Saturday.

Here is Elizabeth Taylor with Paul Newman in the movie version of Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

She played "Maggie the Cat," husband of "Brick," who was "probably gay..."

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Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 (yes, the "U" is capitalized -- it refers to an old phone exchange for the Upper East Side in Manhattan).

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I intended to write about Elizabeth Taylor who died today and post some nice and/or political-themed images. I can't do any justice to the obits that have been written -- such as here (the original obit writer died BEFORE Taylor!) and here -- or the truly good works she did or many movies she starred in over the years.

My favorite movie she starred in is one that few have heard -- because I have such a powerful memory watching the movie with my grandma back on April 4, 1982 in New Jersey. The movie was the 1973 one called Night Watch.

We were at my dad's house in the woods in Upper Freehold Township on a stormy night. After the movie, we turned out the lights (my dad was out and my grandpa was asleep in the other room) and opened the curtains and in the very dim gray-blackness of night we could see the still-bare, slender-tall oak trees slowly swaying against the soft, wet, charcoal gray sky.

I wrote about it here in my trip back to New Jersey in Sept. 2008.

But it's much too late tonight for me to write such an entry. I'm much too tired.

Among her many famous and not-so-famous movies was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? THAT was the movie I was supposed to see in (I think) 2005 as part of the Screen on the Green summertime Monday night film series shown on the National Mall.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1966 version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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That was when a giant, drenching thunderstorm came up under a greenish gray sky -- and I found myself standing next to Mr. Sirius under the portico of the steps of the ornate neo-Classical west wing of the National Gallery of Art.

Sigh.

**Updated 10:11PM 7/29/2014: Content removed.**


** Updated 10:11PM 7/29/2014: Content removed**

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However, I went to Larry's Lounge where I had a nice night even as a drenching t-storm passed over D.C. But I'm too old and tired and exhausted and I'll update my blog -- minus the vitriol -- over the weekend.

The LWX (Sterling) National Weather Service radar in standard composite mode, 8:30PM EDT (1230AM GMT), March 23, 2011 (March 24, 2011). This looked a lot more threatening than it really was.

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Some political images ...

"NOM! NOM! NOM! NOM! NOM!"

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Ha ha ... Have any of you watched Jerseylicious??

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Jackpot.

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This is about right. Click on image for larger version.

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OK, I think that's all for now. Tomorrow I'm going to frickin' VIRGINIA -- Clarendon / Arlington -- to meet my friend S. She is going back to Japan in a couple of weeks and tomorrow is the last time I'll get to see her. Trouble is, I'm nearly broke until Friday (when I can finally buy some GOOD NEW CLOTHES).

Hippos.

--Regulus

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