Gosh, I reached Carousel!

I am still here. I survived. Somehow. My birthday was great. I had 3 parties. The first one was the Sunday before my birthday. My mom and dad surprised me with an ice cream cake right after dinner. Mom presented me with a sweater and a beautful black skirt.

Lisa came with me to Chicago and on Thursday, we went to the Bucktown section of Chicago. We ate at the Blue Line for dinner. Then we had drinks at the Absinthe Cafe. I ordered Absinthe, quite certain the bartender would tell me, “No way.” Oddly enough, he had knock-off Absinthe; however, there was only a scant (non-detectable) trace of wormwood. It also tasted like anise-flavored antifreeze. Later we went to Mod for dessert. Their decor is Clockwork Orange-inspired. After a glass of dessert wine I found myself uttering, “Welly welly well my droogs!” Gosh, I despise that movie. I remember back in Junior High, Coach Opp suggested I watch Clockwork Orange. I rented it that very night and found it to be the single most disturbing movie I had up to that moment ever seen. The rape scene sung to Singing in the Rain still haunts me. Coach Opp, what were you thinking suggesting that movie to a 15-year-old girl!?!?! At any rate, my birthday went fantastically well. Bucktown is a great place to spend an evening.

Saturday, Lisa and I went to Barbara and George’s house for dinner. Once the plates were cleared away, Barbara and George appeared with a chocolate cake and I had Happy Birthday sung to me a third time. It was wonderful!

Lisa gave me the DVD boxset of all 4 Billy Jack movies. As much as I love Born Losers and Billy Jack, the last two (The Trial of Billy Jack & Billy Jack goes to Washington) don’t do it for me. I am thinking of exchanging the boxset for some Elvis movies. I figure, if I am going to have something on DVD, it should be something that I can watch over and over. It was a great idea, and I was absolutely giddy when I saw it was Billy Jack but now I am just thinking I might do better with something a little more fluffy.

My favorite Billy Jack quotes:

Bernard, I want you to know… that I try. When Jean and the kids at the school tell me that I’m supposed to control my violent temper, and be passive and nonviolent like they are, I try. I really try. But when I see this girl… of such a beautiful spirit… so degraded… and this boy… that I love… sprawled out by this big ape here… and this little girl, who is so special to us we call her “God’s little gift of sunshine”… and I think of the number of years that she’s going to have to carry in her memory… the savagery of this idiotic moment of yours… I just go BERSERK! KAPOW!!!!

You know what I think I’m gonna do? Just for the hell of it? I’m gonna take this right foot, and I’m gonna whop you on that side of your face….and you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re gonna be able to do about it….KAPOW!!!!!