Monday, July 20, 2009

Feet of Clay

How to preserve a hero.
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Okay, so I might as well level with you. This isn't a real person, and the photo below isn't actually of a former Village People...they are mannequins! Sorry for trying to pull the wool (or plastic bag) over your eyes!
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The odd thing is, C and I were just breezing along the street in NYC's financial district, trying to evade the invading hordes of Quebec tourists, when we stumbled into this odd assortment of dummies--ones that weren't moving or talking. As their get-ups were completely unrelated to each other there was no discernible rhyme or reason for them to be assembled together. We must have just missed some sort of photo shoot, but of what and why? Maybe it was a really low budget film and they couldn't even afford extras so they just raided Macy's old disused props from the 1970's. Perhaps it was just a normal sort of happening on the streets of the Big Apple. The mangy lot were being all bundled up and whisked off in carts by a very efficient and speedy crew: I had just enough time to snap a few pictures before they disappeared back to the mysterious place from whence they came. I think it makes for a pretty good illustration of the word "cryptic" (as in Tales From the Crypt).

13 comments:

  1. People under plastic ? Not quite shrink-wrapped, but almost. This may be a little obscure, but did you ever see, or hear of at least, an australian film by Rolf de Heer called "Bad Boy Bubby" ??? Cling-wrapped people is a recurring theme in that... not for the squeamish, but an adorable film finally. Anyway, I thought so...

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  2. No, I haven't heard of it. Were they trying to lose weight?

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  3. Speaking of plastic bags, I saw a scene in the TV series Madmen (set in the early 1960s) where the little kids are running around the house with plastic bags over their heads while the mothers are sitting having their high balls and smoking. It's so wrong it's funny, which I guess is the point.

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  4. I love this post! You have such a great sense of humour, it made me laugh! PS: My fave Village Person was the Indian. I remember being a part of their fan club and I had, at one point, an autographed photo of them!

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  5. Hi Lynne, no, they were not trying to lose weight in that sometimes sort of sick but finally endearing film... but I'd ruin it if I told you any more...

    Madmen, early 60's ??? That must be before we had a television... before I was old enough to watch television... :-D

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  6. Hi Rain: I've never known a person who belonged to the VP Fan Club...or actually admitted it! Cool. I had to watch the YMCA video after I posted this blog. It is so funny. Classic!

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  7. Ah, Owen--I sometimes forget that you live in that cultural wasteland known as France. "Madmen" is a very popular American TV series now--present time--2009-- but the story takes place in the 60s. Actually, we don't have cable so I've only watched a couple of episodes on the internet. The "madmen" are the guys working at an advertising agency--the ad men. It is so politically incorrect in today's terms.

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  8. Oh I was proud of that fact! :)
    I think my fave was Macho Man, ha ha!

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  9. Trust Owen to have seen Bad Boy Bubby...err, me too actually.
    I really liked MadMen but the smoking got too much for me and eventually I tuned out.
    Ha, "cultural wasteland known as France" - very funny!

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  10. Rain--it is so ironic that he would be called "Macho Man." You mean the guy in the leather garb, right?

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  11. Saj--You may not be surprised to learn that Owen has seen that flick and I, in turn, am not surprised to find that you have as well! I somehow doubt it's ever going to come my way...and I somehow doubt that it would be quite my cup of tea...but maybe...depending what the tea was fortified with.

    I haven't seen enough Madmen to have to kick the habit as yet.

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  12. Greetings from the cultural wasteland... LOL...

    Maybe Madmen will appear here then, we did get some Desperate Housewives for a while, which unfortunately my daughters started watching (to practice their English, of course) and they got la Grenouille to start watching it, and then the three of them ganged up on me and dragged me in and forcibly made me learn about the sad goings on at Wisteria Lane...

    So, I'm not the only person who ever saw Bad Boy Bubby ? Oooff, that re-assures me... personally, I think it is an absolutely wonderful film, incredibly funny and inspiring, even if a tad dark at times. The music in it, the band that plays with Bubby on stage is outrageously good fun. The first time I saw it was by chance, turned on the TV just after it started, and I was going "What the F*@k kind of sick film is this !, but then it just keeps getting better and better, and one quickly realizes it is not a sick horror film at all, but a fabulous tale of discovery and the confusion of living in these strange times...

    Saj, I'd be curious to hear what you think...

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  13. Three of them were gay, the indian, sailor and cowboy, the others were all married, including the decked out leather guy! Macho man indeed! When I eat nachos, I can't help singing "nacho nacho man...I want to be a nacho man!"
    :)

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