Jeff Bridges – The Weary Kind

This clip from Jeff Bridges is of a song he covers in his new movie “Crazy Heart.” Bridges is my odds on favorite for a Best Actor award in the Academy Awards this year for his role in this movie. He plays an aging country musician, sort of a composite of Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and maybe Willie Nelson.

Bridges has been denied Oscars for many other memorable roles such as his parts in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “The Big Lebowski,” and “The Fisher King,” among others. I think this should be the year that the academy recognizes one of the finest actors of our generation.

A Lesson on Age

Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, surely I can’t look that old?
Well…. You’ll love this one.

My name is Cathy and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist.  I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 30-odd years ago.  Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then? 

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought.  This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face as way too old to have been my classmate.

After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High School .

‘Yes. Yes, I did. I’m a mustang,’ he gleamed with pride.

‘When did you graduate?

He answered, in 1975. Why do you ask?’

‘You were in my class!’, I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely.

Then, that ugly,

old,

bald,

wrinkled,

fat ass,

gray-haired

decrepit

son-of-a-bitch asked,

‘What did you teach ???’

Some More Weird Foods


FERMENTED SALMON HEADS

Referred to as ‘stink heads’ by people who won’t eat them, fermented salmon heads are a traditional Alaskan delight. After the heads are lopped off, they’re buried in the ground for at least a few weeks. As you’d expect, during this time the heads begin to rot. Before they have a chance to disintegrate completely, they’re dug up, mashed into a sort of pudding and served cold in bowls.


MOOSE NOSE

This gross food is also enjoyed in the northernmost of the United States. Preparation is relatively simple: first, the moose’s nose is removed. Then it’s boiled for a bit until the hairs become loose and can easily be plucked free. After a few spices are added, the meat is boiled even longer until it disintegrates into a gelatinous mass. Finally, it’s sliced and served chilled.


HASMA

In China, many people consider hasma dessert the perfect punctuation to a great meal. This disgusting dish is basically the fallopian tubes of frogs. Sold in a dried shrunken form, these amphibious reproductive organs are able to swell up to 10 to 15 times their dehydrated size once they are rehydrated with water. Afterward, a bit of sugar is added to give them that special sweetness most people desire from a dessert.


COCKSCOMBS

If you’ve ever seen the floppy red mass resembling an upside down glove on the top of a rooster’s head, then you’ve seen a cockscomb. Once served as a garnish along side many traditional French foods, cockscomb is still used as a common ingredient in many Italian dishes and sauces.


BATPASTE

This delightful dish is considered weird even in the few Asian countries where it’s eaten. First, a live bat is forced into a vat of boiling milk. Then, once it has reached optimum malleability, the bat is sliced into fine bits, mixed with various herbs and spices and mashed into a pulpy paste.