***Pretend that there is a video of Galen and Seraphina playing Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah together on the piano. And also pretend that I didn’t just get all teary-eyed describing what I should be able to show you.***
Galen was telling me how someone sent him a recommended reading list. I asked what was on it. Says he, “but of course I’ve already read things like Little Women, because I’m a good boy.” Ah, but there are other books by Louisa May books that would astonish you! Books that are hilariously different. I proceeded to tell him about A Long Fatal Love Chase. It wasn’t published until 1995 because it was considered too scandalous for her time. It’s a “thriller” that includes almost every outrageous (for the time period) situation that you can conjure up. The heroine is tricked into marrying a scoundrel who is already married! When she finds out she runs from him and tires to hide all over the world! Even dressing as a man! There is a woman of ill repute! And a tempted monk! The whole thing ends, and I don’t think this is a big spoiler here, fatally. Reading it I kept picturing Gabriel Byrne in the 1994 version of Little Women telling Winona Ryder/Jo to just write what she knows.
Galen’s counterpoint to this was that he had found the greatest movie summery of all time:
“After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.”
Brilliant. I’m not sure that could be more ridiculously hilarious. Though we have questions…”And ninjas.” being an incomplete sentence, leaves a lot up in the air. Does he fight the ninjas? Or are they just also in the movie? Maybe they are on his side. The film is called, I swear this is true, The VelociPastor. Similar shows recommended by IMDB include: Llamageddon, Killer Sofa, and the yet to be released The VelociPastor 2.
In other news, I’m almost finished my third Susan Branch book of the month. It’s a thing now and I don’t think it will end until I’ve read them all.
I’m scheduled to get my hair cut tomorrow. It will be my first trip to the salon in 9 years. I’m kind of wondering what would happen if I brought this as my inspiration picture: