Sunday, August 19, 2012

OK, So the Question Is...


OK, so here's the question: How would you like *that* view out of your hotel window?

It's a (now abandoned) hotel on a cliff-side in Bogota, Columbia. Something to do with water pollution or some such. Look, here's another view, of the place nestled onto the cliff edge...


Yes, the place exists. And yes, there's talk of correcting the problems and reopening the place... Would be a great place to film a movie, perhaps...

So, here's the question: Do you think it would be possible to find a cool location to film a movie, and then write a script to fit it? Rather than the traditional way of writing the script, and then scouting locations to fit the script? I was talking to Ethan F. about it tonight, and he seems to think it's a good idea... although he is only 7 years old... give or take...

OK, so here's the question: What's the least intelligent way to pull out your own tooth?



That's got to be in the top 5, for sure. I wonder how many days the resulting headache lasted? Not sure what language is being spoken there... I hope there isn't any profanity in it! Or I will be gross embarrassed.

So, yes, I'm sure by now you've already heard the news. Nic Cage has signed on to play a role in the next Expendables movie... he's a perfect fit: a goofy old(ish) action star, with a number of corny action roles already under his belt. Believe it or not, the producers of the next film are also trying to get Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood to sign on for cameos. That should just about exhaust everyone from that genre, going back to the late 70's.

Time for a Gratuitous Cat Photo:


OK, so here's the question: Are you a fan of classic hymns sung acapela by a talented (though extremely white) guy to a hushed (awed?) crowd in packed auditorium? It's sort of a specific question question, true... still... if you answered "yes", then this is for you...



If "no", then, well, your loss, I suppose... gives me chills, especially at the end. Hey, anything to cool off, eh?

Eldest Daughter's wedding ceremony was Saturday, in the back yard of my mother's house in Ramona. I tell you, it was wonderful, far surpassing my expectations. I'm extremely proud of her for pulling it off. We were outdoors at the tables, at dusk, with the white lights wrapped around the trees and strung overhead, champagne glasses at hand, while the best man and maid of honor gave their speeches... and it dawned on me what an amazing "moment" it was. I took a minute or so to soak it all in, and take a solid mental snapshot, cementing it in my mind. I'm going to remember it forever, I think. I'm trying to recall the last time that happened - if ever. I mean, being aware, in a moment, as it's happening, how special that moment is (as opposed to after the fact).

So here's the question: Do you have a moment like that? Where, as it was happening, you realized how special it was, and took time to soak up every detail? I don't know if that's ever happened to me before.

Run, bird! Run! I mean, fly!

I'm out.

Adios for now.

Dave the Goof

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

When I think of my dream house, I picture it high up on a hill overlooking a beautiful view, and of course water. That picture is fabulous. Then my left brain butts in and says, "Think of the cost of running a place like that, and the housework to keep it clean." My left brain always comes uninvited to my right brain's dreams and ends the party :)

The singer was outstanding.

Hope all is well in DaveWorld.

Beth A.

Drydoryssus said...

Q1 : Fitting the script to the location? I don't know, sounds like a recipe for disaster. You might as well make a documentary about how nice the place is.

Q2 : Trying to pull it out with your thumb and index finger, of course. More elaborate procedures, including ... {shiver!} that, require more brainpower to devise.

Q3 : Not a fan. But the lad's good.

Q4 : Well... I try. I try to identify some moments as 'magic' and memorable while they're still on. But as a rule of thumb I can only truly appreciate their worth looking back after half a year or so. Bring on the nostalgia!

David Wagner said...

Beth: If it's a dream house, then you'd have a dream staff to run the place, and a dream bank account to fund it! DaveWorld is calm at the moment... so I'd say all is well. But, really, what else could I say? No one wants to hear a lousy report! Bah, there's always something to complain about... I'm trying to exercise my optimistic side a bit more frequently...

Dry: You're probably right in Q1 - thanks for talking some sense into me. Using a stone for tooth removal is a sign of brainpower to you, lol? Dang. I think my fave was the guy that tied a string to his son's loose tooth and the other end to a model rocket, which he then launched into the air... I saw another that had a string around a baseball, which was then hit into the outfield, taking the tooth with it... but those were both loose baby teeth to begin with... this guy's tooth was full, with the root and ever'thing! Sheesh!

Rory L. Aronsky said...

Do you think it would be possible to find a cool location to film a movie, and then write a script to fit it?

I'm doing that with two of my novels, including one which has, at its center, a famous poker game in late 1940s Las Vegas that may or may not have happened, depending on which poker writer you read. But even if it may not be true, I'm still using it for my novel. Same with an urban legend in Las Vegas I'm using as the engine for another novel of mine.

Rory L. Aronsky said...

And another novel I want to write takes place entirely in a supermarket. I need some time to work that one out.

Charlie said...

I really hope NOBODY makes a script for the hotel on the cliff-side in Columbia! Funny it was mentioned, the whole writing first, location later. Saw this photo several times thanks to a friend, and now we are using the hotel as the location in a book! The pictures I've seen of this place opened up my imagination like nothing else!