No. 114 Murder for coffee…?

The exact quote is ” Do you know…I could murder a cup of coffee.” The quote comes from the LoveJoy series.

What a strange way to say “I desperately need a cup of coffee.”…Anyone that says they are going to murder a cup of coffee shouldn’t be drinking it. They should be banned from all coffee shops world wide and be allotted to say soy milk-straight-unsweetened. Period. I know the man is trying to look suave and debonair …leaning against his Porche…like a movie star. Even the way he is holding his body…it’s like he’s saying”please take the picture from this side of my face..it’s my best side.” So I looked up what it meant. The examples given will give you a good idea. 1) Digging out that tree in the backyard yesterday was murder to my back. 2) Walking up 6042 steps to the top of the tower was murder to my knees.  3) I’m starving…I could murder a curry.  Makes sense right? Still I feel like an injustice is taking place when it pertains to my beloved  coffee. .

 

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No. 134 Justice for Colin…

The exact quote is ” I just can’t seem to start my day without my cup of Joe.” The quote came from a movie called “My Dad’s a Soccer Mom” Directed by Randall Stevens. 2014.

First of all who named this movie? ( My Dad’s a Soccer Mom” ) What a stupid title. It makes fun of the main character in the movie who is both a football player and a dad. His non-contractual status makes him wake up to his daughter’s  life as a ten-year old. He grows to realize that  he can be her champion too.. He also woke up quite rudely to the fact that for ten years he had taken his life for granted. After some funny parts in the movie,  he starts to see the world from the eyes of his wife – Holly.  Working a job, taking care of his needs while attending to her demanding schedule was an eye opener. What gets Marion Mad Dog…Casey kicked off the team is his mouth and all the obnoxious things that are said. In the sketch Marion Casey is 6 ‘6 inches tall. A Big powerful guy that made the team managers look like they had shrunk in the hot cycle while washing clothes. After a while in the movie we also see he has a big heart (get out the violins Please.) I had real trouble with the writing of this movie. The teams management  insinuated the reason  why  they were loosing that year was  linked to the antics of one man. Idiots! It’s a team…remember?  I just can’s ignore what is happening to Colin Kaepernick. In Today’s news Colin Kaepernick is filing a complaint against the NFL teams. He alleges that they haven’t given him a contract to play football because of his politics. As a player his record included 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards. Impressive. In 2016, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers he sat when the national anthem was played to protest against the “Oppression of People of Color” Since then others have joined in, in unity . Strangely enough, it seemed it was dying down till Vice President Pence added wood to the fire by leaving the game with his entourage…(To protest the seven players kneeling while the National Anthem was being played.) Soon after, President Trump again complained verbally. A lot of people saw this as a PR stunt. To divert our attention from “other subjects “. There was a great personal editorial in the paper last week. The writer said when he proposed to his wife – he kneeled in front of her …that in church he  kneels in front of God…that when people are filled with pure happiness we fall to our knees . Another writer said that the flag is a symbol, and symbolically kneeling to disagree with what it symbolizes is about as American as it gets. There even is an open letter from the veterans that feel that his protest is a higher form of patriotism. I always say to my daughter, ” We have to say our words…even if it makes us feel uncomfortable.” I personally , hope he wins this  complaint and the NFL team owners kneel down in front of  him and ask for forgiveness. (Along with a full contract and back pay.)  And to those that burned his jersey they are going to regret it some day when it’s worth millions!

 

 

No.133 Coffee run….

 

The exact quote is: ” Hey Bennie, I went to make a coffee run.” This quote is from a Hong Kong Chinese – American action with a bit of comedy mixed in…movie called Skiptrace. It was directed by Renny Harlin, Produced and acted by Jackie Chan with co- stars being Jonny Knoxsville and Fan Bingbing.

So what I thought was funny was that in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia-the character Connor Watts (Jonny Knoxsville ) says to Jackie Chan (Detective Bennie) that he’s really going for a coffee run. What a comical line to say. Imagine being in the total sticks and having that urge to have a coffee …..He’s really trying to make an escape from the law which is represented by Chan. Their transportation breaks down so Jackie Chan goes for a short cut, through the prairie right into land composed of sand. I figured Jackie Chan  had an inner GPS device for there aren’t any cell towers or under ground cables  any where near them .The one phone they  are carrying  between themselves has evidence on it also it’s out of juice. So I know it’s a movie but the Gobi Desert is 1000 miles across!! The Altai mountains , grasslands and steppes of Mongolia are on the west side. While the Taklamakan Desert is to the West. The Hexi Corridor and the Tibetan Plateau is the  Southwest and the North China Plain is to the S.E. It’s a well contained eco system. Very inhospitable to two actors and the filming crew to cross. The high temperatures must have made the experience unbearable. Strangely enough the Gobi Desert reminded me of Minnesota. We always call Minnesota as the land of extremes as they do with the Gobi. Anything can happen, especially in the spring. One year we had a late blizzard and kids were laying on top of the snow piles in May trying to get suntanned as the temperature lazily climbed into the 70’s. See what I mean? One December we had a week of 60’s and 70’s and then SWOOSH it was 40 below ! Every plant and bush that thought it was spring promptly froze and went to garden heaven. A few things stand out as distinct  differences.. One is ..lack of sand. Two is we have more rain…the Gobi has but 7.6 inches of rain. Whereas this summer we had 40.32 inches of rain. The third and just as important is that in the Gobi Desert lives 30 different species of lizards. If we have lizards loose it’s because of stupidity of the pet owner or somehow one wiggled out of a cage at the zoo. Oh and the Gobi is known for fossils that are 100,000 years old . Early mammals, dinosaur eggs, stone tools. We have those too plus 10,000 lakes!! They also have Gobi Bears – we Minnesotans  just have black and brown and multi-colored bears…You know .. Gummi Bears.  Weird, all this competition with Gobi is stressing me out….I think I’ll go out for a coffee run.

 

 

 

 

No.132 Duck Fart Coffee?

The exact quote is: ” Tea, coffee, or a pint of gin? ” The quote comes from the movie series LoveJoy.  Series 2. Episode 2. 

Mystified, I wondered if I went into a posh bar and tried to order a drink with coffee and gin would it be possible? Well Of Course! Is there a female version of Rip Van Winkle? My version would be so different from the male version…of going off to the mountains to drink with fairies or trolls to sleep it off for the next  20 years. My version would include-raising a child, having a house…fixing things as they break kind of woman. But in all that busyness what happened?  I stopped going into bars. So in a way I was sleeping with the trolls and fairies. To make it real I probably should give my troll a name …Tom the Troll..There I feel much better. O.k. let’s move on. So there really are drinks with both coffee and gin. One is called The Turbo Gin & Tonic. Which was described repeatedly as “A classic British drink with the addition of cold brew.” Did you know how to make a cold brew? Yes ..Yes I know you can buy it now in the grocery store in the milk department…but if you want to make it at home it’s easy peasy! Just leave the coffee to steep in cold water overnight. Cuts the acidity also gives it a sweeter taste. Grab a tall glass pour in the ice , add the gin then the coffee and then add the tonic . Don’t forget the long lemon peel. You know it’s easty filling up your “history” with questions like Martini espresso?  Gin and coffee? Coffee and Jin?  Creative drinks for creative people? Cute names for creative drinks…I always wonder if anyone followed my trail of thought …they ‘d go crazy. Then I found ….Drinks Mixer  ….Amazing! http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink2629.html    Oh..Oh it was the answer to all my weird “creative questions”  So at Drinks Mixer they have “182” recipes of drinks using coffee and a paltry “27 ” for tea. So of course I looked for cute names ….

Duck Fart Coffee ….I think you should ask a ten-year old boy who likes to tell fart jokes why it’s called this. He’ll probably have an excellent explanation. 

1 ½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1 ½ oz Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey , 1 ½ oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur.1 ½ oz. Creme de Cacao .  1 oz. Whipped cream , 6-10 oz. Fresh brewed coffee.

 

Voodoo Tea …. I think a person should eat Voodoo Donuts ( Portland) while sipping this drink to have a real voodoo experience….Maybe put on jazzy voodoo music on in the background…

1 shot White rum,  ½ shot Blue Curacao Liqueur , sweetened tea in a Highball glass.     

 

 

 

 

No.131 “I just want black coffee…”

The exact quote is: ” We have two kinds Arabica or Columbia .” The quote comes from the movie “Coffee in Berlin.”

The whole day, “Nico” the main character in the movie, seeks out what some would describe as the Holy Grail… ” a  cup of black coffee.” Every time when he thinks he has it, the rug is pulled from underneath his feet. The coffee machine has been cleaned…the movie set coffee thermos has run dry… When he enters the coffee shop it’s almost like he’s Rip Van Winkle. When faced with a board above listing all the coffees…he stands in silence , in total awe. And just like Rip Van Winkle he feels like a man waking from a long sleep..and asks the barista just for a cup of black coffee. A simple request that leads to  a lecture on all the nuances of coffee. He starts to  whine, that all he wants is a cup of coffee…And even then he is again faced with the irony of having to make a  choice between two coffees. And still, we watch in wonderment because he’s short on cash …so the barista pours it down the drain right in front of him. Again, it is grabbed from his trembling fingers so he can’t quench his parched throat. I wondered if the author of Coffee in Berlin, Jan Ole Gerster had been told the story of Peter Klaus as a child . The story is an old German folktale and runs parallel to Rip Van Winkle’s  story line. With more research I found out that Johann Karl Christoph who wrote Peter Klaus was actually inspired by Washington Irving’s story in 1819. Makes you wonder.. right?  In the movie Coffee in Berlin, Nico is in deep trouble for his father now knows that he dropped out of law school two years previously and forgot to tell him. Both his father and Nico’s girlfriend are irritated with Nico.  A nomadic life within the city’s confines. He’s also irritated his psychologist. This man has the power to release him from his hellish existence and help him get his driver’s licence back. But instead of being kind and generous in his ways Nico finds him mean-spirited . He seems to enjoy playing mind games with Nico. The psychologist seems to relish inflicting as much pain on Nico as he can. In the end…denies him the privileges… Luckily, for Nico, Berlin has an amazing  transportation system.  Getting around town is a breeze. But what he really wants is his car. It reminds me of coffee. One step forward…two steps back. Some how his drifting ways are starting to affect all parts of his life. The day just gets worse and worse till he actually sees someone he just met die . The late night hours just swing into the next day  with the same kind of feeling of unending tragedy. With Rip and Peter they both go into the mountains to leave their troubles behind . Hear music, and then drink themselves into 20 years of slumber . By the time they wake up everyone is either dead or has forgotten.  Jan Ole Gerster, when he returned to Berlin in 2000 was actually questioned why he had moved back? They thought he had missed everything ..was too late…(Missed the wall coming down…) I’m glad he did because this German tragic-comedy probably evolved from his experiences .

No.130 The Power of a Centipede….

Singing in the shower…

Bellowing out a tune…

Hitting a high note..

In an operatic style…

Sensing movement…

Feet in motion…

Centipede on the wall…

View is clearing

now…overhead..

Voice trembling…

Breathing heavy…

Eyes glued.

Feet stuck…

Voice subdued.

Moving fast…slippery tiles.

Precarious attitude.

Instant departure.

Rugs sliding…

feet… running fast.

Towel “just “ covering  my….

Fear sensing boyfriend…

comes to assist…

Broom in hand…

Shouts of fury..

Whacks of sound.

Glorious sigh of triumph.

Centipede disappears…

down the drain.

Peace at last.

No. 129 Which Movie….?

If you’ve noticed , at the top of each blog , I glean a quote that’s related to coffee. It usually almost always has the word coffee in it.  In a lot of movies strangely enough …they forget to say the word-coffee. You watch as they follow through the movements of finding a cup, then pouring the coffee…but it’s a quiet transition from one scene to the other or it’s a distinct pause in the dialogue.  There’s a method to this chaos. First I find my quote, pause the movie, then I sketch out the very moment it’s said. It becomes a snap shot of the actual moment. It’s like being a archeologist – capturing the moment. With the image above. Well I can only say…I am very organized …usually…The moment I’ve redrawn out the sketch and colored it …I turn it over and write down the actual quote, what movie the quote came from, as well as the Season and Episode number. All important factors in cross checking and looking up facts before writing the blog. But this one time I must have been having a brain fart. I did everything except writing everything else on the back.  The problem was I had no idea which movie it had come from. It was either Commissario Brunetti or Commissario Montalbano.  I liked this image as well. The coffees in this drawing are  Zucchero ( with sugar), Espresso, and Cafe Lungo. I can only surmise that it came from an Italian movie I watched frequently, Commissario Montalbano.  My imaginary heart-throb in this movie series is Lucca Zingaretti. One of the main characters. His  name wafts through my dreams with a regularity . “Oh Salvo…kiss me again..Oooh that tickles…..” Being that I am three years older than my dreamy man that makes me a full-fledged Cougar. But even cougars can be forgetful . My moral delemena came down to this… could I use this  image without giving any accreditation to the movie and it’s producers….and claim utter forgetfulness? I…I…must go forward and say this coffee dispenser may have been in Salvo’s police station or in a hospital. “Oh Salvo, please forgive for my lapse of memory. I know you are also a police man of extraordinary skills…Oh…OH…OH…Salvo let me feed you bite by bite of this Red mullet sitting on top of a polenta mousse covered with a lovely anchovy  sauce. Ummm….Here let me rub today’s worries from your shoulders….grrrrr…Yes …I am purring…for I am a ….cougar …And you my sweet thing ……are my desert !

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No.128… Cappuccino…

Exact quote is : ” A cappuccino ….me too!”  The quote is from Commissario Brunetti Episode 16  “Suffering Little Children.”

The way he’s talking let’s the viewer know that a cappuccino is the bee’s knees! The coffee drink probably brings up remembrances of leisurely mornings with the sun peaking between the Italian villas, while a slight breeze ruffles through his  hair…the paper In front of him smartly anchored by a cup of cappuccino feeling. The smell of the coffee tickling the nose hairs to react and sniff…the wafting tones of the coffee feeling. The acidic taste of the coffee bean layered with the smoothness of the milk  as it slowly slides into your mouth sensation. Oh..OH…OH..another description is coming fast….the feel of the beautiful Japanese silk Kimono against your skin…or of the cat twisting, and turning ..purring …a hand glancing down to pet it’s fur kind of feeling. Bee’s knee’s because it’s covered by all the five senses – the best kind of bee’s knee’s!  All these stories are created and written by Donna Leon. Commissario Guido Brunetti is the main actor , in the sketch above he’s talking to his main cohort…Sergente Vianello. In almost all the movies there is a designated area set up with tables and chairs in some nondescript piazza that they always meet for a break to discuss the ongoing cases and a much deserved coffee. One of my good friends travelled to Venice last year. Right before she left – I told Marcia to keep her eyes peeled for a sighting of Donna Leon. I had heard sometimes she even toured with groups .  A couple of days into their tour Donna Leon suddenly appeared  and momentarily joined the group  of tourists. Marcia said she even gave  small talk about her books. Donna Leon does have a book out in print called “Brunetti’s Venice. In it she describes different places the cases lead Guido around Venice. The book is also written by Tony Sepeda. Tony likes to also lead these walking tour groups. They usually take two hours and cost around 300 euros. Note: His home where alot of the family scenes take place with his wife Paola and kids is in San Paulo. The Questura (police station) is in Castello. At least get on a vaporetti to enjoy the water system in and around Venice. It will give you a totally different perspective of Venice. There’s another good movie that takes place in Venice … it’s called ‘Bread & Tulips ‘. It’ll give you a good sense of the Ventian people and lay of the land with a bit of romance thrown in.  I’ve watched it probably ten times and still I enjoy it every time. I know I could easily list this movie in my Bee’s and Knee’s catalog without any apprehension. It’s a total comedy with amazing characters without any swearing or sex…There’s a bumbling detective, a mystic masseur, plumbing problems with accordians mixed in. There’s kindness, unexpected friendships, and even a missing Dachshund! Check it out. 
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No. 127 Knobby Knees & Coffee…

Exact quote is : ” No coffee? Yeh…no thanks. …Must rush!” The quote comes from Midsomers Murder Season 8. Episode 2 . “Dead in the Water.”

Something I noticed after a while of staring at the picture was the woman had “Knobby Knees” It’s a new phenomena that is plaguing women. After googling it I was shocked that there was but one more part of my body I had to worry about. And why is this such a problem , you may ask me? Why, it’s because the fashion world decided that the hemlines had to disappear …now above our designated knees. With this vertical cloth movement all of a sudden the cameras started to zoom in on OMG -the women’s knees! What I thought was odd were all these photographs of beautiful women… the top one percent of what the ideal woman should look like. Or at least what the media world tells us we should look like… All these actresses were ..wearing bedazzling dresses with their hair coiffed to an inch of it’s life…shoes and clutches matching with precision with beautiful smiles…perfect teeth and sparkling eyes…and what was media tensed up about knees…how stupid. They also somehow forgot to write up on all the women’s accomplishments being it in the work world or at home or both (with kids and working.) Strangely enough they were focusing on Angela Jolie’s  knees. This woman has a lot on her plate…a bunch of kids and a movie career  and still she had one fault-her knees. Stupid. One article described our knees as consisting mainly of muscle, bone  and ligaments. Usually it’s genetically determined. Not much you can do – if you don’t like your knees. But wait after further searches I found out there’s all kinds of pricey creams you can rub in …or a plastic surgeon could also be apart of your “Knee contouring experience..”  I even found articles on coffee and knobby knees …Who would of guessed right? Actually, if you drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day your knees be them beautiful or knobby with also scream in pain. The pain is from inflammation from too much coffee…one should be also drinking green juices and water.Remember? I think this is the first time I’ve ever said this in print….Always drink your coffee in moderation.

Did you ever wonder why people say the words Bee’s knees?  So, the place where bees collect the pollen is on their legs and maybe a bit on their knees…Which is good it makes our apples delicious and sweet. So it means “sweet and good”….So, say you’ve been really consistent on your walks and not eating chocolate or engorging yourself on Pizza and french fries so your knees can be deemed as beautiful …One day, you  get invited to the white house for some big shindig…. make sure you show them off with a slinky curve revealing dress so our president can say to you …”You know …you are the bee’s knees ! Especially your knees…” Please remember this is a compliment of the highest degree.

No.126 Las Vegas Shooting

Yo …you above …

yeh …you ..

making the laws…

The music has stopped.

Can you hear me?

Can you hear our pain?

How many people

need to die

before

we see change?

Guns …Guns…Guns…

Metal detectors …

Galore…

at every door…

In every school…

In every mall…

Every moment ..

Can we adjust the need?

Can we talk at all?

NRA are you awake?

Are you listening to our roar…

Are “people” not important?

If it’s about money…

really I think its dumb.

Are our lives not important?

How can we stand tall?

When we are cowering?

The Politicians are tweeting …

condolences…

sweet, soft patterings…

It doesn’t “fix” anything.

If you’ve lost your loved one

to bullets and brawl.

Can I also make a request….

Can we melt them down?

Not send them to …

another country…

or someone else…

The gun echo needs to stop.

59 innocent people killed.

527  injured…

Is that number big enough?

I demand new laws….

Can you hear us?

When is enough…enough?

 

 

 

 

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