affleck (the director) thinks of it as a performance and not as an act, and he thinks of "i'm still fere" as a film, and not a hoax.
i don't know... i guess it was an interesting experiment. i know i was watching the press coverage when phoenix "retired" from acting to purse a career in hip hop. i giggled at the photos of his crazy old man beard and unkempt hair. his gum-chewing apperance on letterman made me curious. is he for real? or is this all some act and is letterman in on the whole thing?
i think that if i stop trying to figure out exactly what was "real" vs. what was staged, i can say that i enjoyed the film. it was incredibly uncomfortable at times. it also made me laugh out loud. the angry script reading with ben stiller was hilarious. the scenes where he tries to "rap" in front of a live audience.... painful, but again, funny. the drugs and hookers seemed fake (and they were). his verbally abusing his friends and assistants everytime his "rap career" went wrong, brutally funny.
and now he's all cleaned up and pretty, back on letterman to apologize for the weird behavior.
in the end, what does it all mean? that we think everything on tv is "real"? that we pay too much attention to celebrities, especially when they fall? that we enjoy seeing our idols fail?
for me, i was hoping all along that it was some kind if andy kaufman hoax. and it kind of was... except kaufman never broke character. he never admitted to anything, never went back on letterman to apologize. for all we know, he's still out there performing as tony clifton in some rundown off the strip vegas motel.
for some reason, i've been looking back at my life & remembering odd moments and events. maybe it's part of turning 40, or the gray hair i'm seeing more & more of. anyways, here's a random list of some stuff i've done...
owned a horse (junior high)
attended a lesbian prom (with my best friend in 1992)
marched with an estimated 1/2 million people in DC for a pro choice rally (early 90's)
tried to organize a union (when i was a social worker in 1993)
held a 50 pound boa constrictor around my neck & had my photo taken for the local paper (1979)
had weightloss surgery & lost 150 pounds (2001)
gained 1/2 the weight back and did an interview on the news about it (2007)
went to lucky cheng's (drag queen waitress restaurant) in NYC (2000)
went to a drag show in west virginia (1989)
helped a friend recover from a sex change operation (1996)
lost a friend to AIDS (1992)
watched a friend live with HIV (ongoing!)
applied to be hunter s. thompson's assistant (1989)
failed college remedial math, twice (1989 & 1990)
diagnosed as math phobic (1991)
dropped out of college (1991)
attended a wiccan witch coven meeting (1993)
gave a dying man CPR, and he didn't make it (2002)
broke my arm after tripping over a rock (1980)
sprain my back after moving a carload of stuff to columbus (1991)
got a black eye & concussion showing my grandpa my fancy bike riding skills (1975)
cut my foot open on a broke bottle,10 stitches (1984)
broke my toe so badly it had to be reset (1996)
cut my thumb open on a can of deviled chicken (1996)
got in a car wreck with my dog (he survived, the car did not) (1995)
broke my ankle (open fracture) in the driveway, surgery & 7 days in the hospital (1998)
won the lottery ($20) (1974)
saw the grateful dead in 1994, a year before jerry garcia died
had a poem published in a "zine" (1993)
watched my dad race his car (1974)
watched my dad run a marathon after open heart surgery (1983)
was evacuated from downtown cleveland (9/11/01)
recorded a song (bloody mary!) that was sold online and got good reviews (2001)
was baptized catholic, got first communion & confirmation (all in 1983)
represented yugoslavia in the "model UN" (1987)
planned a trip to yugoslavia with a friend of my dad's (1987)
cancelled the trip when it became too dangerous (1987)
climbed onto a rooftop in NYC to see the skyline (2000)
drove 15 hours to attend a 5 day music festival, left after 1 day
saw a man dead on the road (hit by ricky skaggs' tour bus) leaving the festival
lived in KY (1976)
bought my first musical instrument (organ) at a yard sale (1979)
offered a chance to audition on french horn at julliard (1988)
went to OSU to major in politcal science (1988)
won a fleetwood mac album from a radio station, 8 yrs old, pretended to be 18 (1978)
talked to comedian doug stanhope (on myspace) about drugs, politics & abortion (2006)
registered as a democrat and voted for jesse jackson (1988)
flunked high school english because i hated the teacher (1987)
switched my major to english at OSU (1991)
registered as a libertarian and gave up on voting (2006)
was sued by a corrupt landlord & lost (1989)
filed bankruptcy (1999)
appeared on the sunday news with my dog dixie dressed in a pink dress
i was having a conversation with a coworker (and fellow nerd) & we started discussing the many types of nerds, and i realized i have dated many nerds...
so I created a little spreadsheet to track the nerds i've dated. some of these categories are for one person (like the comic book nerd who loved playing magic cards) while others cover more then 1 person. i think most of the guys i've dated would be considered music geeks.
of course i ended up marrying the guitar nerd who loves horror movies & is a huge music geek. and together we share our love of music, horror movies and dogs. i don't geek out on the guitar. i'm more of a blogging, photography, omnichord nerd!
Listed below are OLD-HOME-FOLK REMEDIES that have been tried by various people for treating arthritis in general and rheumatism. I'm gonna try the ones that include alcoholic beverages!
- Mrs. G. had arthritis for years until she found relief taking alfalfa tea twice a day.
- Mrs. B. found soaking 9 raisins in a bowl of gin & eating them throughout the day helped.
- Another lady found relief by gently exercising the afflicted joints in tub full of hot water.
- After learning self-control and how to avoid emotional upsets, Mrs. L. found that her pain had greatly lessened.
- Mrs. J.G. was greatly relieved when she eliminated sugar,white flour, macaroni, pie, cake, and sweet drinks from her diet.
- Mrs. H.B. prepared a drink which helped her and consisted of four raw finely sliced beets soaked in a quart of berry wine for one day. She drinks one small glass before meals, three times a day.
- Mrs. G. W. recommends dissolving 4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in one quart of cranberry juice and drinking one glass everyday. She also says 100 aspirins dissolved in a pint of rubbing alcohol will relieve sore joints when rubbed on three times a day.
- Mrs. P. takes equal parts of epsom salts, cream of tartar and ground rhubarb root, mixes, fills gelatin capsules, and takes one after each meal.
- Mrs. E.M. says two parts pure olive oil and one part kerosene makes a wonderful liniment to bathe afflicted joints. (and i bet you smell great!)
- Add one tablespoon cod liver oil to the juice of one orange, whip and drink before retiring.
- Another says rub the aching joints with hot vinegar before going to bed.
- Steep six ounces of sassafras root in fifth of whiskey for 24 hours. Take one tablespoon three times a day before meals.
- Steep 1 cup alfalfa seed in 1/2 gallon boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain, put in jar, take small glassful three times a day.
- Mix camphor, methyl salicylate. eucalyptus oil and menthol to make a rubbing mixture for aches and pains.
- Mrs. T. wraps afflicted joints loosely with thin plastic for relief. (a real fashion statement)
- Mrs. A's hands are better after she started drinking sarsaparilla tea.
- Mrs. O. got relief by taking Butazoldin tablets. (do you think walgeen's carries butazoldin?)
- Mrs. M.B. says 1 oz. of oil of wintergreen, 3 oz. chloroform, and 12 oz. of rubbing alcohol makes a good rub. (chloroform? isn't that the stuff serial killers use to knock people out?)
- Mrs. L.N. says cucumber juice controlled her arthritis.
- A Canadian says to mix equal parts of the following herbs: black cohosh, genitian root, angelica, colombo, scull cap, valerian, rue and buckthorn bark, and take one heaping teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. Let steep, and drink three 1/2 cups per day. (should i trust advice from a canadian?)
- Drink plenty of water to keep the body clean. Keep an optimistic outlook. Avoid depressive thoughts and nervous tension. A healthy body and mind resist diseases.
- Sunshine, sunbaths, and deep breathing of fresh air are very important.