Sunday, November 12, 2006

"Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand."

Gehryesque Sculpture/Arch in Terminal D of Dallas Fort Worth Airport


I feel like I just left for Iowa but I am already back in Tucson. Tempus fugit and all that. I have a few dozen new pictures of our cats to sort through. I will post only a few I promise.

I had a perfect book to read on the plane in honor of Veteran's Day, Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Dick Winters. In addition to recounting his version of events covered previously by Stephen Ambrose and the HBO mini-series he also gives his impression and views on what leadership, experiences, and how he managed to continue to exemplify in the role of combat leader under extreme circumstances. I still can't believe he survived leading from the front as he did. He is a model to live by.

I also noted the latest installment in the Det. John Corey series by Nelson DeMille, Wild Fire, was recently released. This highly entertaining series which begins with Plum Island, set not too far from my hometown in Connecticut, the locale being what first attracted me to the book. One of the other books in the series with the same character, Lion's Game was eerily prescient of terrorist attacks on US soil. Early novels revolve around Cold War, Vietnam, IRA etc... After getting hooked on the John Corey character I went back and read all the older ones, eventually. They may not be for everyone but they are a guilty pleasure for me. The first two chapters of his latest are excerpted on his website. And the NY Times has an article here. And they are perfect for airplanes so I may break down and get this one for the Thanksgiving travel nightmare to come. Blogger is giving me grief not sure if its working or not.
So I am going back to my movie. I forgot how good the supporting cast of Cool Hand Luke was or that after the egg eating scene that Luke looks like he is being crucified. What a great movie.

"Calling it your job don't make it alright boss."

7 comments:

Churlita said...

I watched Cool Hand Luke again a few years back. I had forgotten how awesome/depressing it was.

I can't remember if you thought the The Band of Brothers mini-series was worth the view or not. I was thinking about giving it a try, what do you suggest?

Dexter said...
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Dexter said...

Yes most definitely.

El Duderino said...

Eberts Law is inexorable. Look closely and you'll see Dennis Hopper as well as HDS. Band of Brothers is excellent. It's on ON DEMAND now and I've been watching it in three hour chunks.

Dexter said...

I recalled HDS because of the singing...but did not rememebr Hopper also noticed a real young Joe Don Baker and Wayne Rogers for first time.

zaphod said...

That sculpture does NOTHING for me. I very much like the sculptural quality of Bilbao. Also, Gehry's signature work is brilliant partly because it's so unique. But if it spawns a bunch of second-rate imitations, well, that's incredibly depressing. This sculpture just doesn't work. It doesn't surprise. It doesn't enchant. Gehry didn't create a new vernacular. Thinking he did gets it all wrong....

They ran Band of Brothers on the History Channel a couple of years ago - great series.

dexter said...

I found out its not Gehry (can't recall who) although it is reminiscent of Gehry's MIT building.