Article of Interest
I was reading through Jeff Overstreet's blog and came across a link to one of Roger Ebert's articles. To me the article highlights the increasing "Us vs Them" outlook being adapted by so many people. The popular sentiment among educated and uneducated people alike seems to be, "Anyone who disagrees with me is wrong. They are wrong morally, spiritually, utterly, completely - and they are my enemy."
I am tired of this. In the case of Ebert's article, people are screaming at the Academy because their favourite film (Brokeback Mountain) lost to a film that almost no one would seem to have seen. (Crash, and not the Cronenberg film) Brokeback Mountain lost because Hollywood hates homosexuals? Riiiiight. I haven't seen either film so I could not venture an opinion on the artistic merits of either film. People like that are no different, to my mind, than extremist religious nuts like "Dr." Ted Baehr - the man who runs the Christian publication, Movieguide. (See Pete and Jeff's blogs for Baehr's particular brand of idiocy)
As stated before, I am tired of this. Can't we just get along? Why can't webe friends? and so on.
Boot to the Head
I love Wikipedia.org. I did a search on the old CBC troupe The Frantics. There wasn't much about the CBC that I liked during the eighties, but The Frantics were an exception. I found an MP3 to the "Tae Kwon Leep" sketch (see text version here) which is followed up by the song "Boot to the Head". Not a big fan of the song but I still like the sketch. I should say, I still prefer the studio version to the live version which I linked to here.
Other characters I remember were Mr. Canoehead, Kung-Fu Nun, Mu Mu Bunny Lips and Larry the Intergalactic Warlord. Not sure how the rest of their material would hold up today, but "Tae Kwon Leep" still does for me.
Knee to the Tricep
I have been doing the Basic Security Training course, as mandated by B.C. law. Yes, I am going back into security since it is the only field I have the credentials for that offers a modicum of stability. They will also provide me with training for Occupational First Aid 1&2 and WHMIS, which should open some doors for me down the road.
Part of BST is hitting the mats and doing some self-defense training. I have done stuff like this before, but this time I learned some new and paricularly excruciatingly painful techniques. How do I know? I was demo boy for some of them. One take down has me flat on my stomach, chest and face while they hold my arms out and stick a knee to my tricep. Painful, but even more painful is when the restrainer starts to grind the knee against the muscle and the bone. So it was applied pain and lever and joint manipulation all day. I hurt.
However, I want more. Not that I crave pain, but the workout was good. I need to get back into shape as I have been out of it for far too long. The Renfrew Community Centre has a Judo Club that offers first rate instruction for only $20 a month. Judo is sport version of Jujutsu, which is the art that the samurai had to learn to use if he was unarmed. I may take Jujutsu down the road, since Judo should give me a good base to start from.