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One Strange Morning

What a morning the Squirrel Queen has had.

Earthquakes, mimes, Soulja Boy and naked birds.

And no, there weren’t any illegal stimulants involved.

Instead, I was awakened by my bed shaking. This time it wasn’t my red hot lover nor the three hounds who usually inhabit my slumber area causing the ruckus.

Yep, the earthquake woke me up. I’ve never lived in LA, so this is one morning to remember.

I could feel the wave-like motion as the bed shifted back-and-forth from side to side. The metal pulls on

the dresser in the room were clanking rhythmically and the curtains were swaying. It took me a minute to register what was going on, but I was aware of the quake before everything came to standstill.

Oddly enough, I was just thinking about the New Madrid fault line two days before.

And, no, this doesn’t make me a psychic.

Then I’m trying to find something to write about for PopFi and lo and behold I come across a book printed in 1974 that had mimes acting out the alphabet. Yes, it was cleverly titled, the Mime Alphabet Book.

Check out the image at the top for the letter X just to get a notion about how freaky this is.

So I do some Mime research and learn that Marcel Marceau had an alphabet book too.

And somebody has taken the time to mash-up Soulja Boy with Marcel Marceau and another guy has a mime video to Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.

So I put together a mime post over there.

Well worth a look I think.

Then things got even weirder, if you can top a hip hop mime video, when I found the naked cockatoo named Oscar. The plucked bird reminded me of the little creepy cornish game hens from Eraserhead.

Strange, I tell you.

A strange morning.

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Eraserhead and Restless Legs

I was over at Joe P.’s place this morning and he had mentioned the flick “A Boy and His Dog.”

The sci-fi cult hit starring a pre-Miami Vice Don Johnson was one of those independent movies from the mid 1970s that stretched the boundaries. It was obviously outside the box even though some mainstream actors had roles including Jason Robards. It was one of several movies from the era that set the tone for directors into the 80s and beyond.

The one I’ve had on my mind lately is David Lynch’s “Eraserhead.”

Don’t ask me why.

Well, maybe it’s because I’ve been watching “The Squidbillies” on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block and the old granny squid reminds me of the fetal, crying baby in the movie.

Yeah, I think that’s what carried me here.

I haven’t seen the film in ages, but I still remember the first time I did. How could anyone forget any of that imagery?

The visuals in the black-and-white setting of “Eraserhead” were incredible and impossible to erase from the back of the retinas. From the huge hair of Jack Nance to the oozing, wriggling cornish hens to the monstrous “baby” to the lady in the radiator, Lynch kept your attention with images that were hard to look at and at the same time hard to look away from.

Seeing that movie let me know there were ideas being submitted that didn’t cater to Hollywood and television’s “Brady Bunch” themes. Some creativity disturbed the status quo and pushed the limits.

For Lynch, the five-year-long process that it took for him to finish the film was well worth it. Mel Brooks caught a viewing of the movie and hired him to direct “The Elephant Man.” And so an outstanding career was on its way.

I’ve got some video here for you, but it’s not from the movie.

It’s actually an homage of the movie in a video by the UK band Half Man Half Biscuit for their song “Restless Legs.” Enjoy.