compared to cambridge, belmont is like a wildlife sanctuary. from the opened dining room window i was able to pick off a few quick bird photos. they were circling the birdfeeder, which i was surprised to see was still full of sunflower seeds.
my father drove me back to cambridge, where i had cereal for lunch. the remaining daylight quickly dwindled away, and by nightfall i went back to bed to take a little early evening nap before dinner. i drifted in and out of sleep, watching a documentary on the history of gangs in america. feeling too hungry for slumber, i got up and made dinner.
an analogy for cooking
last night, unable to sleep, i came up with an analogy for cooking. cooking is a language. the letters of this language are the ingredients. words represent the different steps. a sentence is a recipe, a paragraph a multi-dished meal. at this stage in the game, i have a pretty good knowledge of the letters, but not all of them. a few letters i still don't know what they do or how to use them. as for words, i know some of the basic, like i can say "hello" or "good morning" in cookinese. using this rudimentary vocabulary of words, i'm able to parse sentences. most of the time the sentences are still broken, i'm not totally clear on the cooking grammar. every night i try to form a new sentence, using old words, sometimes new ones. occasionally i get adventurous and i try my hand at stringing together a bunch of sentences to form a paragraph. my dream is to one day form perfect coherent sentences using sophisticated and elegant words, and then put them together into a sweet paragraph. the language of cooking, it's a constant work in progress. to think, prior to moving to cambridge, i could hardly speak the language!
boys from brazil confusion finally, this is what's on the history channel tonight, according to tv guide (the one with the new charmed sisters on the cover):
boys from brazil - documentary 3:00
(british; 1992) study of transvestism in rio de janeiro. directed by john-paul davidson.
surely they must mean the 1978 movie of the same name starring gregory peck and laurence olivier about an international nazi conspiracy to clone adolf hitler? although the topic of transvestism is fascinating, and a supposed three hour documentary to boot, i don't quite think the history channel is the proper venue with the correct demographics for such a film. imagine grandpa's surprise when he catches an eyeful of tropical shemales! how this mix-up could've happen is kind of weird, there really is a brazilian transvestism documentary called "boys from brazil" (only an hour long), but it's so obscure, an internet search hardly reveals any information about it. so how come such an obscure documentary would get mixed up with a more widely known movie after nazi cloning? only the editors at tv guide would know the answer. could the fact that steve guttenberg (of can't stop the music fame, 1980) has a minor role as a freelancing nazi war criminal investigator have anything to do with it?