Overend

Building flattened, but some sense of the past challenging the present.

Undefeated optimism amidst

Smaller in the

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Catastrophe

Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again

Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, in Mad Men, reciting part of Frank O’Hara’sMayakovsky“, from Meditations in an Emergency (1957):

and interesting, and modern.

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Ordinary

Must have been eight or nine years old, in Saskatoon. Encountered neighbourhood boy born with one arm, and a short stump for the other.

Asked him if he ever wished he had two arms.

He said he had always been the way he was, and so didn’t know any other way, or miss anything.

Larger life lessons.

Knowing one is different doesn’t necessarily lead to a desire to be the same.

Conformity as appearance, not substance.

Some not fitting the suit, without regret, and with substance.

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Maybe it was the name…

Cashmere Mafia. Picked up the sole season set in a DVD discount bin. More like a half season. Seven episodes, running for two months–January and February, 2008, and then cancelled.

Series about four women in senior business roles, whose collective friendship was formed in business school. All four are each other’s best friends. Now lots of money, lots of New York flash, lots of juggling life. Knew about Lucy Liu. Maybe had heard about Frances O’Connor and Miranda Otto, or recognized the names from somewhere, but didn’t know about Bonnie Somerville.

Series was promoted as being by the same people who produced Sex and the City. Writing seems to have more bite here. Lucy Liu very different here than in Elementary.

Seemed to be working well. The music had a nice edge. Wish it had been given more of a chance to develop.

Could have been the name; can readily put one off. This is more Four Sides: New York or Downtown Ascension or Uptown Strategy…or maybe these are worse…

Still, wish there were more to come from this:

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Peter Allen: Angels With Dirty Faces

Those angels with dirty faces
Make me turn out the light

Peter Allen song about where to

I sing all night
To a neon light
And the neon shines back at me

Written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson, 1979.

Sense of where you

Almost forty years

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Lot

Bruce Cockburn in Rumours of Glory (2014):

The angels intervene and temporarily blind the would-be rapists swarming outside. They tell Lot to collect his family and get out of town because God is going to nuke Sodom, and he’ll destroy Gomorrah as well, just for good measure. “Then the Lord rained down upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.” The angels also admonished Lot’s family to “look not behind thee”, but as we all know, Lot’s wife does look back and is turned into a pillar of salt, which sounds very nuclear…reminiscent of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when people were turned to pillars of ash, to be blown away by the wind, leaving human shadows in the concrete.

Hiroshima shadow.
From Tim Nixon, “The shadows of Hiroshima:
Haunting imprints of people killed by the blast

The Sun, August 6, 2015

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Funeral

None

Brian Spencer at trial for murder, 1988
From “Spinning Out of Control: The Short, Violent Life of Spinner Spencer
The Hockey Writers, April 3, 2013

So leave me if you need to
I will still remember
Angel flying too close to the ground

1981 Willie Nelson song, written by Nelson, from the movie Honeysuckle Rose.

A favourite of former NHL hockey player Brian “Spinner” Spencer (1949-1988).

Played at his funeral, as recounted by Martin O’Malley.

Plus “Little Green Valley”, written by Carson Robison and recorded in 1928, popularized by Marty Robbins in 1959, and now a country music classic:

Go where I know I’ll find sunshine

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