Homage to the Summer of 2010
by, September 6th, 2010 at 07:46 PM (4288 Views)
As I sit here at my desk in the waning hours of Labor Day, my back in spasms from the weekend's sporting events (3 hours, 20 minutes of tennis on Saturday; the 2 x 5K swim on Sunday; and 3 hours, 45 minutes of tennis this morning), I think we all look forward to the imminent onrush of "sweater weather"-- three or four months from now -- with a certain bittersweet quality.
Sure, it will be good to see the late Autumnal temperatures finally dip from the upper 90s to the lower 90s; but climatic clemency notwithstanding, the hazy lazy days of summer just can't be beat by the hazy lazy days of fall, winter, and/or spring in terms of sheer unadulterated lazy haziness.
To help us all maintain a hold on memories of this summer, my twin brother made a trio of films that nicely sum up the zeitgeist of this magical season.
John is a wonderful film-maker in the primitive "outsider" self-taught school; a Grandma Moses of an auteur with nothing but his street smarts, a pair of high-rise underwear for support, and a Canon VIXIA HF S200 Flash Memory High Definition Digital Video Camcorder to craft his art.
My twin brother John looks very Howard Hughes as he models some of the high waisted underwear his wife Nancy purchased for him now that our mother is no longer around to do this important job for us.
YouTube recently invited filmmakers from around the known universe to submit movie footage for a major feature-film project entitled Life in a Day: http://www.google.com/landing/youtube/lifeinaday/ which promises:
If your video is included in the final film, you'll be credited as a co-director and may be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the film's world premiere at the 2011 Sun Dance Film Festival.
Anyhow, Johnny boy just got word last week that his footage made the cut for the final 100 hours of stuff being reviewed for inclusion by the project's director. Joking aside, I am truly proud of my twin's accomplishments in the brave new world of ordinary citizen film making!
Before posting his three summer films, all of which do, indeed, feature water, a little housekeeping digression.
My wife and I are opening a small restaurant later this month and are trying to decide on which sign to go for. Can you let me know your opinions?
I should note that the location of the restaurant is the Historic District of a now defunct millennial sect, the Harmonist Society. [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony_Society[/ame]
Picture of the original Harmonist Church not too terribly far away from our restaurant.
The Harmonist aesthetic was plain and no-nonsense, favoring blacks and whites and simplicity in architecture, etc. This tends to favor the black, white, and brick red version of the sign.
However, the color version is nice, too, and many (if not most viewers) have expressed a preference for it.
The two versions:
The sparer version (juxtaposed against the brick color of the outside of the building.)
The more colorful version. (With further thanks to my brother for his art skills!)
Okay, at this point, let me present the three films. With the modern attention span being what it is, I know that many people don't particularly like to click on other people's YouTube movies, but I really am confident you will enjoy all three of these films, especially if you A) have ever been to the boardwalk in your life, B) have ever tried to surf, especially at age 5, and C) have ever been warned by your grandmother, as she clutched her rosary, that hurricanes like the one outside your door are deadly, but--god help you!--you found this much more exciting than scary.
Stay tuned afterward for one final Bonus Film, one of the most blood-boilingly brilliant works of citizen journalism you are likely to see in your life!
To view the feel-good-boardwalk-summer-2010 movie of the year, click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOoi2LVvM3o"]YouTube- Kids: A Music Video[/nomedia]
(Music by MGMT)
To view 5-year-old surfing prodigy, click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPKN8Dt0t8w"]YouTube- Five Year Old Surfer[/nomedia]
Music by Django Reinhardt
To view John's charming movie about Hurricane Earl and an Ocean City resident who also lived through the non-dud devastating hurricane of 1944, click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYD0bCToN8k"]YouTube- Earl and Pat, Waiting for the Big One[/nomedia] Music by miscellaneous jazz players.
Special Bonus Feature!!!
Finally, if you have any smug, fat-cat, butt-plugged, and insufferably Republican jerk relatives, living the life of King Tut in their starter Mansions on the Hill while railing against welfare and donating money to the Koch brothers, this movie is sure to wipe that insufferable smirk off their coddled, coupon-clipping, detestable faces!
To view "The Gentry Discount, Ten Years On," please click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O16CKTd_2uM"]YouTube- The "Gentry Discount" 10 Years On[/nomedia]
Happy Labor Day, fellow Workers of the World!