happy thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S.A.
… and no, i am not going to eat turkey.
quote of the day (mark twain on the definition and origin of thanksgiving):
“thanksgiving day: a function which originated in new england two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the indians. thanksgiving day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”
i personally find mark twain’s grammar to be very difficult to decipher, but his debbie-downer-esque (anachronism, anyone?) criticisms are pure genius.
on a lighter note, here’s my favorite google image search result for today.
usually i would feel badly for the animals involved in this mockery, but it looks pretty photoshopped. maybe they didn’t have to wear anything stupid. this also might just be cute enough to melt my cold, cold heart… for a second.
was just ok. but the issue that it deals with of fresh water in south america is somewhat accurate… when i went on day trips up into the mountains in salta province (details to come), i saw buckets placed under dripping faucets to collect whatever water came through, much like a scene they put in the movie. i’m not sure whether it was the same kind of water shortage as in bolivia or if if was more due to the altitude, though. the tap water in argentina is drinkable in the cities, whereas in bolivia and many other south american countries, it isn’t drinkable anywhere.
but, of course, any movie involving daniel craig is worth my 7 dollars.
other movies that i have seen here and what i think of them:
– ‘a foreign affair’ with marlene dietrich (A+! it was on tv. a true classic, and it has been added to the list of favorites.)
– ‘get smart’ (on the bus. it was ok. ish. kind of annoying, actually.)
– ‘duplex’ (also on the bus. horrible.)
– ‘brokeback mountain’ (don’t yell at me; i never saw this before i caught it on tv here… yeah, it was good.)
– ‘luna de avellaneda’ (on dvd. argentinean, good insight into post-financial crisis life, i guess, but just ok for me.)
– ‘el hijo de la novia’ (dvd, from here, very good although a little bit cliché at times.)
– ‘la fuga’ (dvd, argentinean, based on an actual jailbreak in 1928- probably was good, but confused me a bit, to be honest).
– ‘a common thread’/’sequins’/’brodeuses’ (french indie film from 2004, on the BUS, believe it or not. at first i thought it was lame, but i somehow ended up watching the whole thing and thought it was surprisingly good. beautiful cinematography and powerful acting. don’t know why this movie has like 6 titles – they apparently couldn’t decide.)
if there are more, i forget, and i’ll add them in!
so, i went traveling for a week and a half, and spent part of that time in salta, in the northwest of argentina. it’s 1,600 km away from buenos aires… so, a pretty damn long bus ride.
while i was there, i stopped in at the museo arqueología de alta montaña (roughly translated: archaeological museum of high altitude), where there are 4 inca mummies! they are children who were found on high peaks in argentina (3 near the chile border, on a volcanic slope called “llullaillaco”, at 6,700 meters above sea level in 1999), and originally there was a lot of controversy about whether or not they should be moved, as they were human sacrifices to the inca gods… but now they are cryogenically preserved in this museum. they’re in incredible shape, due to the freezing temperature in which they’ve been kept for hundreds of years (i think they were interred in the 1400’s).
although ‘la doncella’ (the maiden) is the most famous of the 4, they only display 2 at a time, so the ones i saw were ‘la reina del cerro’, which was robbed from a mountain site in 1920 but recently returned, and ‘el niño’ (above), one of the llullaillaco mummies. he was about 6 years old when sacrificed and is wearing a white feather headdress to indicate his elite status.
it was surreal to see him- he looks as if he were just slumped over sleeping. ‘la reina del cerro’ was somewhat deteriorated due to years of being bought/sold/moved. the others that were not on display sounded cool, too. ‘la niña del rayo’ is named so because at some point in between her burial and the present day, she was struck by lightning, leaving a large burnt portion of her face and clothing. insane!
the best part of all this? on the bus ride home, the featured movie was “the mummy: 3”. which was terrible, by the way.
it’s been a month…
what have i been doing?
well, i will be updating a lot to fill you in on that, but not in chronological order.
i am going to start with what i’ve done most recently, and then add in older things as i remember them.
ok? it’s a plan.