Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Tankon Mid-Year 2005

I’ve just returned home from 6 days at our cabin near Mount Rainier. There was held Tankon 35½. Five old friends getting together. It’s been happening since 1970 and in recent years we felt the need to congregate more often than once a year, the annual Christmas get-together. Among other things we hold a film festival (of sorts). It is mildly amusing to see what shows up. You can imagine that with five individuals there would be quite a variety. Maybe not quite so much this time. Out of the Past with Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Rhonda Fleming. The Incredibles, the recent animated adventure. The Missing, a western with Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones. Two episodes of The Fish Police, an animated cartoon style. Fish characters with a detective but a lot tougher than the comic book of a decade back. The film was produced by Hanna-Barbera, I don’t know when. The Man in the Net with Alan Ladd at his most wooden being accused of his wife’s (Carolyn Jones) murder by circumstantial evidence. I didn’t believe the ending for a moment. Perhaps best of all was Laura, with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price. Most unusual had to be Rivers and Tides, portraying the artistry of Andy Goldworthy, a Scottish artist who works with natural found materials, leaves, rocks, dead bracken stems, ice, etc. All of which are destroyed by the elements sooner or later. A very unusual film. I was surprised that the guys sat still for it. Not the sort of film normally seen at one of these gatherings. They tend to like noir and westerns. Which, by the by, we watched two episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel.


Blogger Bill said...

I saw no mention of Twinkies and Hostess Ding Dongs.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Looks like you guys watched a few movies after I left. I did, however, watch all seven episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, including three on my laptop.

As for the Ding-Dongs and Twinkies, Bill, they were there along with Susie Q's. We ran out on Saturday, the day I left, and the remaining three guys had to suffer the next day without them. O tempora! O mores!

5:23 AM  
Blogger Andy J said...

Like everybody else, I'd like to have been there. It always sounds like a good time was had by all. Have not as yet seen Napier's report but maybe he's still recovering from the Atkins induced agony. But I guess even suffering of that nature is "stumbling toward enlightenment" of a sort. Hmmm, wonder if I have that book in my extensive Eastern Religion wing.

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