Cool Hand Luke

coolhandWatched Cool Hand Luke again last night. I don’t often watch a movie over and over, but this one I do. It’s a beautiful thing. Serious and thoughtful yet still entertaining.

Donn Pearce, the writer of the book/screenplay, was in real-life similar to Luke, spent significant time in prison, even working on a chain gang.


Wednesdays at the Gym

Four miles in 39 minutes.

I can does this easily (not saying much I know), a good easy-to-do baseline run. I think I could cutoff another minute with making it hard. Will try that next week.

36 minutes if I ran hard? Certainly, although I’d have to in the mood to  push a little. Not so easy anymore.

Did the usual weight-lifting.

Date Activity Duration Distance Calories
01-27-16 Running 40 min 4 miles 400 kcal

Favorite Poem – As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other

by Kenneth Patchen


Patchen was an American  poet, born 1911 and died 1972. He was an influence on the Beat poets (Ginsberg, Corso, etc). I’ve read a handful of his poems; this one stood out to me. Love it.



“As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other”


As we are so wonderfully done with each other

We can walk into our separate sleep

On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one

Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers

My hands are hallowed where they touched over your

       soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work

It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .

Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

agirlwalkshomeWatched A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. You’ll often hear it billed as an “Iranian”movie,  but it’s not really. Amirpour is an Iranian-American, which is not the same thing. The movie is in Farsi, and the setting does look like it could be Iran, but it’s really California.

It’s a good movie. A good vampire movie. Not much of a plot, and in places doesn’t make a lot of sense. It does have a really great sense of poetic style, really reminiscence of the early Jarmusch films, but without the humor. Amirpour says she’s not a Jarmusch fan, which is very odd. Her  movie suggests she is.

Food Equivalency:  Kabob at a nice place