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May 24th, 2007

Hahahaha, Ribbit!

Well, I think this is progress ... over the weekend I sounded like Tony Jay; yesterday, I couldn't speak at all except for a raspy whisper; but today I can speak clearly and distinctly, sounding exactly like Eugene Pallette.

You probably know who Eugene Pallette is, even if you don't know you know. His most famous role was Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn, but he was in a bazillion movies in the '30s and '40s, including My Man Godfrey. He was squat, rotund, absolutely charming, and had a voice like a frog. And now, I have a voice like him.

One interesting thing is that if I do my best tonyringtail impression, I sound remarkably like The Godfather. I'm gonna be going around all day telling people to fuhgeddaboudit, and that it hurts me, deeply, right here, that they never come around to see the family any more.

Tony: Luv ya babe, don't ever change. =) Although that's a different voice. ;)

Anyway, I'm feeling good today, as you can probably tell. :) Last night's Enforced Nothing, followed by a good sleep and a trip to Starbucks this morning have all conspired to fill me with pep. Too bad it's wasted on my job, but you can't have everything. ;) I'm hoping that among other things, this will light some creative sparks. If nothing else, I want to write a more cheery Fictionlet soon so that people don't get all morose brooding on Greg's parents, although I probably won't post it 'til tomorrow even if I do.

-The Gneech

Too Many Hughs! And Other Thoughts

I seem to be collecting Hughs. The same way in school I knew something like fifty Davids and half a dozen Johns, it struck me this morning that I have an inordinate fondness for Anglo (or Aussie) Hughs.

Imagine for a moment Hugh Jackman, Hugh Grant, and Hugh Laurie sitting around a bar:

"Well, Hugh!"
"G'day, Hugh!"
"Hugh, see who it is? It's Hugh! How's the wife, Hugh?"
"She's fine, Hugh. And yours?"
"God, Hugh, don't ask. But how about that TV show of yours, eh Hugh?"
"Nothing compared to yours, Hugh."
"You two are lucky; I wish I had a TV show."
"Oh, I dunno, Hugh, it's mighty demanding work. I miss the freedom of doing films."
"That's funny, Hugh, I was just talking to Stephen about that the other day."
"You know Stephen, Hugh?"
"Oh yeah, Hugh, I've known him for a long time, now. We met in the Groucho Club."
"Well, well, he's never mentioned it. He told me about meeting Hugh last year, though."

The imagination staggers.

Anyway, on a completely different note, I'm jonesin' for a new book to read. I've The Ninth Talisman by Lawrence Watt-Evans in my queue (sequel to The Wizard Lord, which I've written about elsewhere), but after gorging on Lord of the Rings I need to step away from fantasy for a bit. So I'm looking at any or all of these, and wanting to know if anybody has read them and can give me an opinion:

Waggle by Joe Redden Tigan
Blue Heaven by Joe Keenan
Object of My Affection or Alternatives to Sex: A Novel by Stephen McCauley
Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome

Any thoughts, out there in LJ-land?

-The Gneech

Book Followup

Well, by virtue of being the one Barnes & Noble had in stock, I picked up Alternatives to Sex: A Novel; laurie_robey happened to remember that I had picked up Blue Heaven last time I was jonesin' for a new book and hadn't read it that time -- if memory serves, I was distracted by buying a house.

The common theme I notice between these two books is that the protagonists are gay guys in major cities of the northeast (Boston and New York, respectively). I wasn't looking for books about gay guys, particularly, I was just looking for humorous fiction. Apparently gay guys are funnier or something. Most of the books I've found have been like that, actually. Bertie Wooster was a drone, but it would seem that all his descendants are queens. ;)

I'll let you know if either of them are any good. I hope at least that they're better than Wake Up, Sir, which was a distinct disappointment.

-The Gneech

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