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Bullet Sunday 144

Posted on Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Dave!After two weeks of non-stop travel torture, I'd like nothing better than to take a handful of pills and sleep all day. But we can't have that... it's Bullet Sunday!

• Violence. I was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb attacks on the wonderful island of Mallorca. Having fallen in love with the place earlier this year, it's a nasty reality check... much like the Bali bombings of 2002. I gave up a long time ago trying to understand what motivates somebody to harm innocent people, but that doesn't help quell the frustration I feel every time something like this happens. I'm wondering exactly what kind of global disaster is going to have to occur before mankind can put this kind of self-destruction behind them and move forward together. Hopefully it will be a disaster that's survivable, because there's too many beautiful things here worth being appreciated...

Looking towards the Palma Cathedral at night


• Dreaming. Unlike most people, my dreams are no fun. That's because, unlike most people, I can never get lost in a dream like it's some kind of fantasy world I'm inhabiting. Oh no. When I dream, I know I'm dreaming. It's hard to explain, but it's like I'm looking AT a movie of myself rather than actually being IN the movie. So, for me anyway, dreams are not an escape... but instead badly-written entertainment. But lately my dreams have become something... different. I still know I'm dreaming, but I'm inside the dream rather than merely an observer. While not as much fun as most people's dreams, it's definitely a step in the right direction. And what am I dreaming of lately? Alpamayo Mountain. And I have no idea why. I've never been there. I barely know it exists. And yet, there it is, night after night...

Alpamayo Mountain
Astounding photograph by Brad Mering.

Maybe I'm supposed to go there? Or maybe I just enjoy the scenery? I dunno, but it is a lovely mountain.


• Noble House. My favorite novel of all time is Noble House by James Clavell. I have read it several times, and enjoy it more with each reading. I own four editions of the book, and see that there's a new over-sized paperback edition that's been released, so I'll be owning a fifth soon. There's just something about the numerous sub-plots that combine to create an epic, lengthy, brilliant masterpiece that I can't get enough of...

Noble House Book Cover

MEANWHILE... somebody read my Hundred Things where I mention that Noble House is my favorite book, and decided to write and tell me that if this was my favorite then I was "stupid." I was then given a list of other books which, in his not-so-humble opinion, were vastly superior. Including such classics as Catcher in the Rye, The Grapes of Wrath, and anything by Hemingway. Usually, I just delete stupid-ass emails like this without a second thought, but instead decided to write back and ask what it was about Noble House that he didn't like. Was it too long? Did he think it was too complex? Did he not like the Asian setting? What? He wrote back the next day and said that he hadn't read Noble House and that he didn't need to read it to know that it was not deserving to be anybody's favorite book when there were such obvious better choices out there.

Yes. I'm the stupid one in this scenario.


• Kitty. Tim Burton movies are pretty much hit-or-miss with me. The quirkiness that he infuses into his projects make them unique, but sometimes he goes too far and I can't get into the film. His latest movie Alice in Wonderland, however, seems to be a perfect outlet for his talents. There's plenty of crazy stuff in the original Lewis Carroll tale for him to build upon in his "sequelesque" story. And just seeing his treatment of the Cheshire Cat is enough to make me want to see it...


If nothing else, it's going to provide a whole new level of stupid LOLCat jokes.


And that's all she wrote this Sunday, because now it's time for The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers! It's not that I think the roasting itself is going to be that much of a challenge... Joan Rivers is an easy target... but hearing Joan fire back at her roasters at the end should be great fun.


  1. People are idiots. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m going to put it on my list – I can’t wait.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’ll have to get Noble House and read it. I haven’t read it before, but you have pretty darn good taste in books.

    And I can’t wait to see Alice in Wonderland.

  3. claire says:

    I’m a lucid dreamer for the most part as well. Did have a cool dream about Machu Picchu once though. Haven’t been there and it was totally different in my version, but it was damn cool. I’d like to ‘travel’ more in my dreams.

  4. whall says:

    Alpomayo – salad dressing used on dog burgers in certain Asian countries.


  5. Dave2 says:

    I hope you mean that the burgers are made FOR dogs but are not, in fact, made OF dogs… because I don’t think there’s enough Alpomayo on earth to make me want to eat that.

  6. kapgar says:

    Yes, clearly you’re the stupid one. Did nobody tell you that before him?


  7. Avitable says:

    I can’t even fathom getting hate mail about my literature choices!

  8. Very little upsets me but when people make ignorant judgements and are so positive they are right without even actually being a fair judge of something, that really upsets me. You can’t even have a discussion when someone just flat out decides they don’t like something they know nothing about. Books are a very personal thing anyway, and then to prejudge a book without even reading it? Ridiculous.

    And you have now added a book that I want to read to my ever growing list.

  9. B.E. Earl says:

    I spent a good portion of my teenage years fascinated with everything from the Far East. James Clavell was high on my reading list. While I loved Noble House, Shogun is my personal favorite among his works.

    Does that make me an idiot? 😉

  10. Hilly says:

    That Cheshire Cat is about to give me nightmares! Which, I guess, means that Tim Burton is doing is job well. 🙂

  11. martymankins says:

    Tim Burton’s version of Alice In Wonderland is on my must see list.

  12. Sue says:

    I have a lot of lucid dreams myself. Hope that you get to go to that mountain (it looks so lovely).

  13. Sybil Law says:

    I forgot anything I was going to say once I saw that cat!!!

  14. kilax says:

    You get the most hilarious emails! What a dumba$$.

    I think if I see that movie, I will have nightmares about that cat!

  15. Twinkie says:

    I’m actually jealous of that guy. I wish I could be that closed minded. *snickers*

    My dreams are pretty much like yours in the sense that when I’m having nightmares, I know it’s a nightmare. Sometimes I let it continue because I’m “curious” to see if I can handle whatever hurdle is coming my way. Other times I try to “manipulate” the dream. Yet other times I try to “escape” it (wake up) if it becomes too dangerous and I’m in fear of my life.

    *snorts* as if, though righ? When I wake up I end up feeling silly that I got all worked up and horrified over the rabid unicorn that was chasing me etc…

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