Category Archives: Miscellany

Anthony’s Letter to Grace from Bottle Rocket

Dear Grace, I enjoyed your letter. I agree Camp Douglas isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It never was. But if you’re feeling lonely or homesick even I recommend that (1) You call me. I’m staying at Bob Mapplethorpe’s and (2) that you keep extremely busy. It’s working for me…

I’ve got a whole new program. Bob and I get up at 5:30 every morning to run our paper route. We’ve got three jobs. The money isn’t much, and Bob in particular isn’t suited for this kind of work. But we keep each other company, and we both feel much better about ourselves now that we’re working hard.

I’m also coaching a little league soccer team called the Hurricanes. They’re mostly beginners, but they’ve got a lot of spirit, and they don’t let defeat get them down. They remind me of Dignan in that way. Say what you will about him, he’s no cynic and he’s no quitter. I’m usually so exhausted now at the end of the days that I don’t have to time to think about blown opportunities or wasted time. I do have one bit of advice for you, though Grace. Take the time in school to learn a foreign language. I myself never did , and I feel I’ve paid a price for it. Well, so long Grace. I miss you very much. Don’t forget to write me back. Anthony.


The List: 2008

As tradition, here are the productions I saw in 2008, in the mediums of theatre, cinema, and DVD/video.

Happy New Year!

If You See Something, Say Something (@ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company)

Funny Games
Young at Heart
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Encounters at the End of the World
Pineapple Express
The Dark Knight
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 
Vicky Christina Barcelona
Synecdoche, New York

Charlie Wilson’s War
Cannibal Holocaust
I’m Not There
Body of Lies
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Roman Holiday
Ocean’s 13
Hot Rod
Body of Lies
Without Limits
Letters Home from Vietnam

“They say there’s no truth in advertising…”

Movember 2007

For those that haven’t seen it yet…

They came. They saw. They conquered. Seven boys signed up for something called Movember, and thirty days later emerged as men.

Who’s in for Movember 2008?

The List: 2007

With the sun setting on 2007, I continue the tradition of listing films I have enjoyed over the past year.

Happy New Year!

Movies I watched on The Big Screen and enjoyed

Spiderman 3
28 Weeks Later
Garbage Warrior @ Silverdocs
Knocked Up
The Bourne Ultimatum
Into The Wild
No Country For Old Men
The Darjeeling Limited
Hotel Chevalier
It’s a Wonderful Life
A Muppet Christmas Carol

Movies I saw on DVD and enjoyed
State and Main
An Officer and a Gentleman
Inner Space
Howard Zinn: Hard to be neutral on a moving train
Thank You For Smoking
The Boys of Baraka
The Bourne Supremacy
Protocols of Zion
Husbands and Wives
Hard Candy
The Simpsons Movie
Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man
Inside Deep Throat
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
This Film is Not Yet Rated
Sir! No Sir!
Amores Perros
No Direction Home
Little Children
The U.S. vs John Lennon
No End In Sight
Hannibal Rising
The Prestige
Wet Hot American Summer

What’s an Herbfarm without thyme and swine?


I have a Google Alert set up for the word ‘potbelly’. I did this not because I am a potbelly enthusiast, but because I am simply a guy who likes Potbelly’s. As in Potbelly’s sandwiches. Some time ago, I thought it would be prudent to set up such a Google Alert. Perhaps such could alert me to an initial offering of stock for me to get my greedy little hands on. Little did I know that a sandwich shop alert could result in such thought-provoking results. For example:

Pig Sitter Accused Of Porking Up Pet Potbelly
Today’s THV – Little Rock,AR,USA
A Minnesota woman is asking that abuse charges be filed against an acquaintance who was pet-sitting for her potbellied pig and allowed the animal to get fat

It’s raining cats and dogs at California hotels
USA Today – USA
“Today, we have a chinchilla, a goat — a very cute little goat — we have a couple of potbelly pigs and quite a few bunnies,” Cochran says.

Mesa woman escapes attempted sex assault
East Valley Tribune – Mesa,AZ,USA
He was also said to have had a medium build and a potbelly. He also smelled of gasoline or grease and had dirty fingernails. Police released a composite

Around Murakami’s Superflat world
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
He has a potbelly. His spine sags. He is asleep. “It says I’m getting old and fat and have a big head,” he says, a laugh seeming to explode from his belly.

Carbon pig owners plead guilty
Allentown Morning Call – Allentown,PA,USA
The owners of two potbelly pigs who have moved from home to home after running afoul of zoning ordinances pleaded guilty today to violating Nesquehoning’s

What’s an Herbfarm without thyme and swine?
Seattle Times – United States
Carrie Van Dyck signals to one of her Vietnamese potbelly pigs, Borage, to sit in the Herbfarm’s herb garden. Borage and Basil, who know quite a few piggy

Jumping Off a Bridge to Save Your Life


Every third Saturday in October several hundred crazies descend on Fayetteville, West Virginia to throw themselves off of a bridge. The bridge is the 867 ft. low New River Gorge Bridge. A cell phone dropped from the bridge will fall for 8.5 seconds before hitting the New River directly below.

The jumpers at Bridge Day are experienced skydivers who are skilled in all things falling. Some choose to throw their pilot chute immediately after jumping from the platform, while some wait as long as four or five seconds before deploying the air-catching piece of fabric that will jerk them to a slower,but life-preserving rate of descent.

The West Virginia fall foliage passing in his peripheral vision at an accelerating rate, he doesn’t remember where he wants to land, nor why. He only knows why he jumped.