Saturday, November 24, 2007


This morning I went to a two-hour “burn the turkey” yoga session.

I should have known to get worried when yoga teacher Tim asked me if I was “ready to sweat”. Because, for me, the answer to that question? Is always, always no.

Nevertheless, I did sweat. A lot. And my turkey got burned and I am, in general, completely worthless right about now. Whew! I seriously wonder if I’ll be able to get out of bed tomorrow.

We learned a pose that cracked me up called “the dragonfly”. The pose is something you sort of pop into all of a sudden like. I managed to do it exactly once.

The thing that I found amusing about it is that I think something done suddenly is often funny. Is it just me? It’s like one minute…nothing. Next minute…DRAGONFLY! I wish I could find a picture of the version we did, but I’m not having any luck. Anyway, look out….DRAGONFLY!

And then I thought about Derek Zoolander. And his trademark “blue steel” look which in my extreme state of yoga torture suddenly seemed like much the same thing…BLUE STEEL!:

Probably loses something in the translation. But in an intense state of yoga contortion? This is very, very funny.

Otherwise, I received my Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man CD and have been listening to it ever since. Ohmygosh, this is such good stuff. Sure, it’s dark. But some of it is also campy and the quibbles I had with the vocalists while watching the movie completely fade into insignificance when listening to this absolutely lovely remarkable CD. I’m putting it my side bar THIS minute.

Lastly, we saw “Into the Wild” last night. The movie definitely had some good moments, but overall? Too long. Too drawn out. Sean Penn needs to seriously get over himself. The droning whack-you-over-the-head-incessantly ending brought to mind Penn’s performance in Mystic River—you remember: Is that my DAUGHTER in there?” “Is that MY daugher in there?” “Is THAT my daughter in there?”….etc, etc.

Hello? Sean? Ever heard of “less is more”?

Maybe that’s how poor Robyn Wright Penn stays so thin. Imagine how Mr. Intensity reacts if, say, his eggs are overdone? that situation Robyn should...



ChristaD said...

Dragonfly! made me feel retarded. I just can't presto-chango like regular people. Speaking of Sean Penn...he has absolutly no idea how off-putting it is to watch someone be happy in slow motion.

Tim said...

I thought you did it quite well. I couldn't find an on-line picture of it either. I'll check Iyengar's book and see if he has one. Then again this may just be a pose that my teacher made up...