Category Archives: Animals

Swimming Alone on an Empty Stomach [repost]

dark green ocean underwater

I’ve been swimming alone
For a long time…
The water
First too cold,
Now sublime;
I slide,
I glide
Through the darkness,
Blind.
My wounds smoothed over
Are all on the inside.
When I bump up against you,
All buttery sleekness,
There’s nothing to hold onto,
No pain,
No weakness.
Two circling seekers
Float on unmolested,
Swallowed by the vastness,
No point of connection.
Bubbles of potential
Drift along indifferent,
While stars shine beyond
This sea of solipsis.

~*~

Image from Pixabay.

Poetry form: free verse.

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Live and Let Die [April A2Z]

live and let die James Bond

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

It must be noted that Live and Let Die was released during the height of “blaxploitation” and contains some cringey references and stereotypes.

Regardless, it may be my favorite Bond movie. This 1973 film (Eon Productions) is the first time Roger Moore stars as Bond, and, while I realize there are differing opinions, I think he does a fantastic job! The story is about the drug trade, with Mr. Big planning to distribute tons of heroin for free to put his rival drug lords out of business, thus giving himself a monopoly. While investigating the deaths of fellow British agents in New York and New Orleans, Bond discovers that Mr. Big is from the fictional island of San Monique. Naturally, Bond must visit the island, which is teeming with poppies (where heroin comes from). Complications ensue! It’s a super fun film with loads of gangsters and voodoo and of course a beautiful girl whom Bond must save. Yaphet Kotto, who recently passed away, stars as Mr. Big and his alter ego Dr. Kanaga, a corrupt Caribbean dictator who rules San Monique. For a Bond film, the plot is quite straightforward!

Jane Seymour plays Solitaire, the main love interest in this movie. She is a virgin priestess who tells the future via tarot cards and Mr. Big needs her help as he continues with his scheme. Bond seduces Solitaire with a fake deck of cards and she loses her magical abilities, consequently putting her on the bad side of Mr. Big. She now must join forces with 007, or else.

live and let die 007 and solitaire

I haven’t mentioned Felix Leiter much ~ he’s Bond’s counterpart in the CIA and has a recurring role in many of the 007 films. In this one, he’s played by David Hedison, who also portrays Leiter in License to Kill (1989). He has funny lines in LALD, in particular a dialog with a southern sheriff, J.W. Pepper (played by Clifton James), as the sheriff tries to figure out what’s going on. As Bond escapes from the baddies on a wild speedboat ride, Pepper is outrageously hysterical. “Humorous” may not be the adjective first to mind when thinking of Bond films, but I find myself laughing throughout these movies.

Watch the following video for my favorite scene from LALD!

The title song, “Live and Let Die,” was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by their band Wings. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Information and images from Wikipedia, Cultbox, PopSugar, and IMDB.

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld [April A2Z]

Blofeld and cat

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

E.S. Blofeld is an interesting and confusing character, appearing in some form in many Bond films as a baddie out to cause havoc in the world and/or for Bond specifically. His hallmark is a fluffy white Siamese Persian [thanks to Keera for noticing this error] cat, which he calmly pets while plotting evil. Blofeld is head of SPECTRE, a fictional global criminal organization, and referred to as Number One by others in the org. He has been portrayed by a variety of actors. Originally, his face was not shown, only the cat-petting.

Blofeld first “appears” in From Russia with Love (1963) and next in Thunderball (1965), but his name is not spoken nor is his face shown. We see only his hands and the kitty, plus we hear his voice, of course. His face first appears in You Only Live Twice (1967), where he has a jagged scar and an injured eye (played by Donald Pleasence). Charles Gray portrayed Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and we see his face ~ many times, due to a “cloning” device.

Charles Gray as Blofeld

Ian Fleming gave Blofeld a complex backstory, in which he made money from both sides during WWII. He ultimately sided with the Allies and received medals, after which he founded SPECTRE. It is believed that Fleming based the character on a real Greek arms dealer. His last name is from one of Fleming’s classmates who became a cricket commentator.

In For Your Eyes Only (1981), Blofeld is bald and in a wheelchair as he tries to kill Bond in the opening scene. Oddly, he is not credited by name, but we know it’s him because of the white cat. Roger Moore is portraying Bond here, and the film creates “continuity” by having him pay respects at Tracy’s grave (he was married to her briefly in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Blofeld’s henchwoman killed her while trying to shoot Bond from a motorcycle). The reason for all this subterfuge stemmed from a legal dispute regarding trademarks (resolved later).

Blofeld’s appearance morphs periodically, similar to the books’ depiction, with the explanation that he changes his face via surgery to preserve his anonymity. But he always has the cat and usually wears a distinctive jacket.

Blofelds

That last pic is of Christoph Walz playing the baddie in Spectre (2015), where he did an outstanding job despite the absurd half-brothers storyline. Gah! I love Walz, so I’m happy to read that he’ll return in the next 007 film No Time to Die.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Info and images credited to Wikipedia.

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Muddy Puddle Doggy Smile [repost]

Golden retriever

Last year when I was up north I got to hang out with my sweet little grand-kitty and my energetic grand-puppy. We took Rory to the dog beach, but the tide was all the way in, so we opted for the trail instead of the shore. The trail was full of puddles however, some small ones and some lake-size. The humans and normal doggos naturally avoided the puddles because who wants to get all wet and cold when it’s barely 60 degrees?

A retriever, that’s who! There could be sumpin’ in a puddle to retrieve, and Rory was determined not to leave a single puddle unexplored.

Golden retriever
Golden retriever

Happy wet and dirty doggo! I don’t have actual splashy pics because Rory liked to jump on us after each puddle foray, so I didn’t have my phone out the whole time.

I’m looking forward to my next visit.

~*~

Written for Trent’s Weekly Smile

Images are mine.

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Brumation [repost]

Cold-blooded…
Chilled mud
Slugs through
Snaky veins.
What must it be like
To have a body
That doesn’t
Keep your own heart warm?
Relying on a sunny morn
To shake off the torpor
And get kill-ready again?
Sliding into an icy pond,
The search for lunch
Turns slo-mo.
All you can do
Is poke your nose
Above the frozen surface
Until the gelatin mold
Returns to predator soup.
All these gator faces
Only trying to breathe,
Waiting out the freeze;
They know how to survive.
Basally alive,
Crocodile popsicles
Dream of electric blankets
And ready-to-eat sheep,
Hoping their soul mates
Aren’t cheating
In their sleep.

~*~

Image from Pinterest.

Poetry form: free verse.

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Important Question [socs]

gatsby kitty cat

Who is a good boy? It’s Mr. Gatsby, my sweet soul mate kitty. He’s the best. Ten years old and hasn’t lost much energy yet. Even though he was pretty crazy last night, I’m okay with some lost sleep, especially when he makes up for it with a burst of extra snuggles. He’s been a huge joy in my life and I hope he can stay around and be healthy for a long, long time.

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Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

Image is mine.

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Birds of a Feather

Swans love bonded

Some people claim that opposites attract, but I’ve always thought (and observed) that couples who are more alike than different have better success with long-term relationships. Not every item needs to match, but it’s hard, for example, to sustain a romance with someone who craves constant travel when you’re a homebody. And how do you compromise on religion, children, politics? I guess a person who loves cake could live with someone who only likes pie. Perhaps! But the big goals should line up, imo. Of course, there are always exceptions, but I prefer playing the odds. And indeed back when I dated I met plenty of odd men… but thankfully those days are over and I can now simply opine cluelessly from my comfy chair.

Swans are often used as a symbol of eternal love because most pairs mate for life. “Divorce” is rare; only a small percentage of the birds split up and take another mate. I received a beautiful pair of crystal swans as a wedding gift and still have them with only a few scratches. The marriage itself shattered however…

In “My Guy,” Mary Wells sings about how well she and her man go together, so well that she could never be torn away from him. She seems to be singing to another man who may be trying to seduce her, and she rejects his advances by explaining how her current relationship could never be upgraded.

There’s nothing you could say
To tear me away from my guy
There’s nothing you could do
‘Cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy
I’m stickin’ to my guy like a stamp to a letter
Like the birds of a feather
We stick together
I’m telling you from the start
I can’t be torn apart from my guy

Ronald White and Smokey Robinson wrote these great lyrics for the 1964 hit. Enjoy!

~*~

Written for Jim’s Thursday Inspiration.

Image from Pixabay. Info from Wikipedia.

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