September 23, 2012
February 13, 2010
It started snowing in Atlanta Friday afternoon so both my wife and I came home early. With nothing to do and not wanting to watch Wall to Wall coverage of “THE BLIZZARD” we decided to watch a movie on HBO that we had missed when it premiered last week, Temple Grandin with Claire Danes.
I was somewhat familiar with the real life Temple Grandin story (Click here for a full bio) because my wife is currently reading her book “Animals Make Us Human” and there was a profile of her on 60 minutes a few years ago.
The primary thing to know about Temple Grandin is that she is a highly educated and respected animal scientist and professor but is also autistic. Most importantly for this post is that as part of her autism she says that she – “Thinks in pictures”, like internet pages. She visualizes anything she has seen, in her mind and can pull it back up and piece it together with other like material – Basically she is a human google.
All of this is covered in the HBO movie and is quite fascinating. But while watching the movie it dawned on me – SHE’S A REAL LIFE “CHUCK”!!!
In case you are not familiar with the NBC show Chuck – it revolves around a central character named Chuck who has had massive CIA files downloaded in to his brain. And when he recognizes something he “flashes” and all the information stored in his brain for that item is downloaded in to his conscious mind – LIKE A HUMAN GOOGLE!!!
This has to be obvious to everyone who sees both because I am SOOO bad at making these kinds of connections like everyone says that the movie “Clueless” is based on Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Once told I see the connection but I’m not one to spot it.
If you are not convinced watch the show on Monday nights on NBC and watch the movie on HBO. Then make up your own mind.
As always –
January 12, 2010
December 27, 2009
Well O.K. it wasn’t Huggy Bear but it was a Black Dude that dressed like him and it did happen in 1977 in Los Angeles so the title of this post creates the mental imagery I wanted.
Background – When I was 15 my family took a trip to California. This was a VERY BIG DEAL. Much like when The Brady Bunch went to Hawaii. Except I was an only child, didn’t find an evil Tiki God or meet Vincent Price. I did get to see a taping of “Chico and The Man” at NBC. Unfortunately this was after Freddie Prinze (The father of Freddie Prinze Jr. if you are under 40) had died but Della Reese was still on the show. During the trip there were some “Dazed and Confused” type of experiences and then there was the incident of the pimp propositioning me at the airport.
In the 1970’s we had learned about teen prostitution from the blockbuster TV Movie – Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway starring Eve Plumb formerly of The Brady Bunch. How bad could it be if Jan Brady did it?
So we had arrived at the Los Angeles Airport and were waiting outside of baggage claim for the family friend with whom we were staying to arrive and take us to their house. Being an impatient teenager I was walking up and down the sidewalk away from my family.
At one point a guy walked up to me and said “you visiting?” to which I of course replied “yes” and his response was “we ought to do some sightseeing while you are here, here’s my number” and handed me a folded piece of paper which I crammed in to the pocket of my then everpresent Blazer Styled Jeans Jacket without even looking at it and probably said something like “O.K.” and walked on.
At whatever point I opened the note it said – Marcus Ph.# 555-1212, XXOOXX
Now maybe I’m being dramatic and the guy was just being nice and wanted to take the boy with the feathered hair sightseeing. But I’m still suspicious since he had on a three piece black Velvet suit with a matching hat. We learned in Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, that meant he was a pimp.