Dirty ol’ Jacks place

I was unable to attend Jack’s memorial in June. Damn I hear it was a good time and all the folks I wanted to see ~ many ‘Seldom Seen’s attending the fiesta.. So I went up to Jacks this morning with Phoebe and wandered around and caught the buen onda, took a few photos that i think some will enjoy that either hadn’t seen Jack in awhile or were unable to attend the celebration. Enjoy. Adios compay.

rŌbert

Jack’s view and shrine

Willie Nelson’s Long Encore ~ NYT

By Jody Rosen

  • Aug. 17, 2022

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Willie Nelson has a long history of tempting, and cheating, death. In 1969, when his home in Ridgetop, Tenn., caught fire, he raced into the burning house to save two prized possessions, his guitar and a pound of “Colombian grass.” He has emphysema, the consequence of a near-lifetime of chain smoking that began in childhood, when he puffed on cedar bark and grapevines, before turning to cigarettes and then — famously, prodigiously — to marijuana. In 1981, he was taken to a hospital in Hawaii after his left lung collapsed while he was swimming. He underwent a voluntary stem-cell procedure in 2015, in an effort to repair his damaged lungs. Smoking has endangered his life, but it also, he thinks, saved it: He has often said that he would have died long ago had he not taken up weed and laid off drinking, which made him rowdy and self-destructive. Now, in his late 80s, he has reached the age where getting out of bed each morning can be construed as a feat of survival. “Last night I had a dream that I died twice yesterday,” he sang in 2017, “But I woke up still not dead again today.”

Still, some close calls are closer than others. One evening in early March 2020, the singer and his wife, Annie, were sitting outside the sprawling log cabin residence at their ranch in Spicewood, Texas, in the Hill Country about 30 miles northwest of Austin. It was warm and clear. The sun was going down. “We were watching the sunset,” Annie recalled not long ago. “And these little lights started to zip across the sky. The first one kind of flashed past in the distance. Then there was a second, which went by a little closer. All of a sudden, the light went right past us — like, two feet over Will’s head.”

The couple scrambled into the house and got down on the floor. According to Annie, the neighbors were “having another one of their gun parties. Apparently they got drunk and left a bunch of kids with semiautomatic rifles.” The police, she said, explained that the lights came from tracer bullets. “I said, ‘Are those even legal?’ But of course, nuclear weapons are legal in Texas. I told the police to please just pass along this message: ‘Dude, you don’t want to be the one that kills Willie Nelson. Especially in Texas.’” 

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Christopher Walken & John Turturro working together ~ NYT

“I’ve hardly ever played the guy who gets the girl. Or the guy,” Christopher Walken said. “Romantic, that’s not it. Usually I chop people up or something.”

This was on a recent weekday morning, on a video call between Walken and his longtime friend John Turturro. In “Severance,” an Apple TV+ series that earned 14 nominations for its first season, Walken and Turturro play Burt and Irving, colleagues at a sinister megacorporation called Lumon Industries. (A few spoilers for the first season follow.) To work at Lumon, employees must volunteer for “severance,” a surgical procedure that bifurcates the mind so that the work self — the “innie”— has no knowledge of the home self — the “outie” — and vice versa.

The company maintains strict divisions between departments, and romantic fraternization is discouraged. But Walken’s Burt, who belongs to the Optics and Design department, and Turturro’s Irving, who works in Macrodata Refinement, somehow find their way to each other in a series of aching, slow-burn scenes that earned each actor an Emmy nomination.

In the sixth episode, the two men meet in what looks like a greenhouse. They speak softly, their faces and bodies coming closer. They very nearly kiss, until Irving reminds him about the company’s stance on workplace relationships. “This can’t be romantic then?” Burt asks. “Not romantic at all?” A lifetime of yearning — two lifetimes — is concentrated into these few seconds.

Did the actors ever try the scene with a kiss? They did not. “Because I’m so old, it would have been a little bit hard to watch,” Walken said.

While they may have met at a Yale School of Drama party in the early ’80s — they don’t remember for sure — Walken, 79, and Turturro, 65, didn’t work together until the 1995 showbiz satire “Search and Destroy.” (“Hollow, but crazily arresting,” the New York Times critic wrote.) Turturro went on to hire Walken for three of the movies he directed: “Illuminata,” “Romance & Cigarettes”and “The Jesus Rolls.”

They don’t socialize outside of work often. (Walken blamed himself: “I live in a kind of isolated way,” he said.) But they always look forward to sharing a camera setup, even a video call, during which they displayed mutual respect and affection.

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MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE’S STATUS AS MOST IGNORANT PERSON IN CONGRESS AT STAKE IN ALASKA ELECTION ~ The New Yorker

By Andy Borowitz

August 16, 2022

Sarah Palin speaks enthusiastically during a Save America rally.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s status as Congress’s most ignorant member is at stake in Alaska’s special election, Greene’s aides have acknowledged.

Greene, who has fended off challenges to her crown of dimness from such formidable contenders as Lauren Boebert and Rand Paul, will face her stiffest test to date when Alaskans go to the polls.

An aide to Greene, Harland Dorrinson, said that the congresswoman will be watching the returns from Alaska “nervously.”

“Ignorance is Margie’s brand,” he said. “Obviously, she’s concerned about anything that could jeopardize that.”

In a sign that she does not intend to relinquish her title without a fight, Greene took to the floor of the House of Representatives and accused President Biden of possessing the nuclear codes.