Sunday, August 03, 2008


I'm not sure what the title means, but it is the sound that I make every time I try to get up. I screwed up my back on Thursday and today it has been especially bad. I collected up my many medications that I've had over the past while and found muscle relaxants and some Lortab. So, I took some of those horse pills today and I've been in and out.

My throat has also been pretty irritated. I'm hoping that it is allergies and not a summer cold coming on. I didn't do my weekend hike, but I did hang out by a local stream and stared at a little brook trout for about 45 minutes. Things like that are cool when you are on drugs.

I picked up an ancient device this week called a Walkman. It turns out that in ancient times this is what tribes people used to playback fertility dance music on. It takes this thing that has a ribbon and two reels that are housed in a rectangular package. I got the Walkman running again and listened to much fertility dance music today.

I watched an interesting movie from my Netflix. It was Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God. It stars Klaus Kinski. When I think of someone as being a bit barmy or mad, his face is what I will think of next time that comes to mind. Check out Roger Ebert's take on this movie here. The thing that I liked about this movie was how well Herzog involves you into nature, whether it be menacing or beautiful. Francis Ford Coppola was heavily influenced by Aguirre when he filmed Apocalypse Now. The river scenes as well as the attacks from natives are both similar and inspired--utterly haunting. If you dig nature documentaries that are more art than documentary, Herzog is great. He has one out now about the arctic called Encounters at the End of the World. I am going to see it when I get the chance. He also did Grizzly Man, a must see.

I really don't have much more to talk about. I think I'm going to go and make some toast now. Later!


Keshi said...

Hope ur back gets better.

** It turns out that in ancient times this is what tribes people used to playback fertility dance music on

lol good one!


NYD said...

I have said Gurph more than once this week.

I have a Walkman, but I don't know where it is.

I have vacation time coming up- maybe I will download the movie.

Enjoy the toast.

Anonymous said...

You're in luck! I have a case of tapes that you can borrow to break in your old/new Walkman. Some of the exciting artists include Wreck n' Effect, as well as some classic Quiet Riot. SWEET!

I'm sorry your back is being lame... I hope it's kinder to you today.

Outdoorsy Girl said...

Ouch. Hope your back and sore throat feel better so you can hit another trail soon.

Until then, enjoy another piece of toast!

Christielli said...

When I wake up, I tend to curse, so your sound is far more appropriate.

LOL about the walkman. ;) Such an archaic device for sure.

Hope your toast was tasty!

The Grunt said...

Keshi~ Thanks! My back is doing a bit better today.

NYD~ I think you'd dig Aguirre.

Meggypoo~ Of course I wanna feel the noise!

O-Girl~ I like toast. I like it a lot.

Christielli~ Believe it or not the Walkman that I have is not the most archaic device that I own. I have a Chicago Electric wire recorder from the early '40s. Someday I will get around to restoring it.

Scott said...

Do you actually have equipment to make tapes?? That is so old school.. you are way ahead of the retro curve.


Karyn said...

Toast good.
Sore throat...bad.
Sore back.....also bad.
Fertility music...aaaaagh!

Hope you're feeling gruntalicious again soon. :)

The Grunt said...

Scott~ Yes, I was debating whether I should go Sony Minidisc retro or Walkman retro, but I think it is too soon for the Minidisc. The fun part of this is listening to all of the crap that I thought was cool back in Jr. High. Ever hear of Urban Dance Squad?

Karyn~ Even though I have been held back a bit by these ailments I am kicking bubble gum and chewing ass. I'm also working on my dyslexia.

Diane Mandy said...

I hope you're feeling better!