Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Things That You Really Can't Explain

And one for me is why I love THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Sure it's got Jeff Bridges in it but beyond that it is really a movie that speaks to you or does not.

Phil had an odd love for chalkware. These pieces were given out as carnival game prizes before stuffed animals took over. Amateurs painted them. The more dilapidated, the better. We have dozens of them.  All in Phil's study, of course.

What idiosyncratic taste can you not explain?

25 comments:

Dana King said...

I love THE BIOG LEBOWSKI more every time I see it. (Most recent was two weeks ago.) Even now, as I type this, I am wearing my "The Dude Abides" tee shirt. I wore a replica bowling shirt from the final scene to new year's eve dinner.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, I don't know if this can be called an idiosyncrasy: I haven't got over my habit of laying out my modest collection of comic-books in a row and drooling over the covers. I look at them as if I had just bought them. I do this at least once a month!

pattinase (abbott) said...

But I know a lot of people who just regard it as a druggie movie. A Cheech and Chong sort of thing. There is so much more than that. A truly original film.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I love cover and comic art so I think that's like going to your personal museum, Prashant.

F.T. Bradley said...

Licorice--it's a Dutch thing, but still a weird food. I love classic cars. Pelicans--we have loads here, so lucky me there, at least.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I ate so much licorice in Amsterdam in 97-98 I developed a problem with it and have never been able to eat it again. I especially liked the salty version.
We have loads of pelicans in San Diego. I am always amazed at how large they look in the sky.

George said...

I'm a fan of spaghetti westerns. The Clint Eastwood western, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, is my favorite, but anytime one of those Italian westerns from the Sixties shows up on TV, I watch them.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Cheech & Chong... I'm not a big fan in general but I did love their first movie, UP IN SMOKE, and not just because my brother in law and I were high at the time. I've always admitted to a stupid sense of humor.

Yes, I love LEBOWSKI too. Also ANIMAL HOUSE (at one time I'd seen it so often I had much of it memorized).

But then that runs in my family. One of my sisters has scenes from a huge number of movies memorized and we all have certain scenes by heart. Ask her about MY COUSIN VINNY or Joe Pesci's rant about drive-thrus in LETHAL WEAPON 2 and you will get it all. (ANd no, it's not jsut Joe Pesci movies.)

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am waiting for someone to top chalk ware,

Deb said...

Disco!

F.T. Bradley said...

I collect fat Buddha figurines. I don't think that's as cool as chalk ware, though. You win :-)

John said...

How about puppets? I've been fascinated with them all my life. Had a collection when I was kid, was a professional puppeteer for two years, try to see any theater piece in town that incorporates any form of puppetry. Well, I skipped that one where those Australian guys were basically playing with their body parts. That *was not* puppetry.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Puppets scare me but I can appreciate the art in them.

Cap'n Bob said...

I have over 10,000 toy soldiers and 500 plastic model kits.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Do you collect the kits to showcase them or to make them? Do the soldiers represent soldiers in various wars or do you specialize?

Erik Donald France said...

Amen on Lebowski.

As for the figurines, I empathize. With somebody.

Randy Johnson said...

Like George, I'm a huge fan of spaghetti westerns. Even the really bad ones. There was a certain style there.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - I think we all have idiosyncrasies. One of mine is that I collect T-shirts. Only certain ones, but I do. Why? I don't know. I just do.

Charles Gramlich said...

My wife also loves The Big Lebowski. I have to confess to just not getting it. I mean, it's OK, but nothing to write home about for me.

pattinase (abbott) said...

The thing is I don't usually like silly movies. I used to collect tee shirts and my husband still does. He especially likes ones from restaurants-like a crab place that has a big crab on it.
I think most men love spaghetti westerns, don't you.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Phil on the restaurant t-shirts.

Jeff M.

Ron Scheer said...

This reminds me, I have a closet full of dress shirts I should take to GoodWill.

R.T. said...

Chalkware seems to have no serious contenders. My "collections" of Amish ironware painted figurines (left from my parents, and I haven't the heart to put them where they belong) and refrigerator magnets from travel destinations (purchased by wife, and forcing me to consider buying extra refrigerators) cannot compete with carnival bric-a-brac.

Gerard said...

I was thinking about this during the day and thought of nothing. How about the inexplicable interests of another? When walking back to work this came to me: Leonard Pine's love for vanilla cookies.

I do like licorice. Maybe I inherited that from my Dutch grandfather.

Cap'n Bob said...

My favorite toy soldiers are US Cavalry and Indians, French Foreign Legion, American Civil War, and Alamo. The term toy soldiers refers to any miniature figures: farmers, cowboys, GI's, pirates, spacemen, arabs, knights, etc.

I build the models, and if I can stay healthy another 15 years or so I might finish the ones at hand.

I have a pair of pants from my hippy days. I wore them to see Woodstock in 1971.