This is another of my pictures from Colorado. I’m pretty sure it is from the same trip as yesterday’s picture, though Cindy went to training out there twice, and I tagged along both times. This picture is from the Garden of the Gods public park in Colorado Springs. I used to think it was a National Park, or at least a State Park, but it isn’t.
I finished and submitted our federal and state taxes last week. I learned that getting older isn’t all bad, since we got an extra exemption because I turned 65. Cindy was also happy when I told her. I decided to not tell her there would be another exemption if I were blind. No sense in giving her ideas.
I was wondering the other morning where the phrase “madly in love” came from. I don’t know why I was thinking about it; maybe because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Anyway, I did a quick google and the only attempt at an origin of the phrase that I found traced it back to a classical Arabian story from the 7th century. The story concerns a young man who went mad when his father forbid him from marrying the girl he loved.
I watched the movie Canary Row over the past weekend. I hadn’t seen it in years. I’m glad I watched it because it reminded me that Nick Nolte is a good actor, and Debra Winger is a great actor. By great I mean that she rose above the dialogue, did what she could with it, and carried the character with her craft. The way the character is written in the movie, a lesser actor would have been chewing the scenery, but she didn’t. In my opinion, the writer did an overall good job, but just didn’t capture the female dialogue.
The real reason I love the picture, however, is the musical score. I know that Mac Rebennack, Dr. John, played piano on the score, but I don’t know who any of the other musicians were. I’m pretty sure that one song that appeared more than once in the film was a version of Trouble In Mind, and it had a fine trumpet lead. I wish they had fuller musical credits on the film.