Toast of the Neighborhood
from Thursday, July19th of the year2007.
So I woke up yesterday to discover that my phone had been taken by Valgeir’s son to be shown off to the Local Urchins on the Trampoline. Then, later, I discovered that they had had a whole photo shoot. See below:
I’m not sure who taught these seven year-olds to work a camera, but you should all consider it work’t.
One of my worst fears is that I’ll leave New York and either something really exciting will happen or something awful. An example of something “exciting” (which I was actually there for) is that mysterious, delicious, Aunt Jemima smell, and an example of something awful is, or could have been, the explosion in Manhattan yesterday. This is a particular travel anxiety, made worse by the time difference. I liked this line from the Times, “Some people ran so fast their shoes came off. Others dropped their briefcases and purses. Men in tailored suits were caught in a lapel-singeing cloud.”
Last night I totally watched Norbit subtitled into Icelandic. So much to learn!
English –> Icelandic
Oh, HELL no! –> Nei, fjandakorniÃ°!
Hell to the no! –> Nei, fjandakorniÃ°!
Oh no she did NOT! –> Nei, fjandakorniÃ°!
Also, there is no reasonable Icelandic translation for “How you durrn,” which is probably for the best. This movie is wretched, by the way. It features completely out-of-control stereotypes in a way that I cannot even trace the ironic positioning thereof, an impromptu gospel number, fat suits…a real horror show. Unless you’re trying to learn how to say “Hell to the No” in Icelandic, I wouldn’t recommend renting it. I saw, tantalizingly, in the list of available subtitles, “Magyar” and “Ø¹Ø±Ø¨ÙŠ”, so maybe on a rainy afternoon…
July 19th, 2007 at 9:22 am
That sucks you missed the smell. It was so luscious. Were you at least in town for the blackout? I got lost in your neighborhood and had to literally climb a streetsign to know I was on “Pike.”
July 19th, 2007 at 10:36 am
That one girl, who is definitely working it, seems to have a preternatural understanding of modelling techniques.
July 20th, 2007 at 10:00 am
“It features completely out-of-control stereotypes.”
Presumably unlike Aunt Jemima (!). Just saying.
[Nico responds: Exactly!]